Pakistan: 32 Balochistan districts declared ‘calamity-hit’
Quetta, Pakistan: The Balochistan government has declared 32 out of the total 34 provincial districts “calamity-hit”.
Pakistan is currently ravaged by floods and heavy rains.
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Since monstrous rains that started in June, at least 254 people have been killed in Balochistan and 1.3 million people have been forced to locate, the Balochistan chief minister’s adviser Mir Ziaullah Langove was quoted as saying by Dawn News in a press conference alongside Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Naseer Ahmed Nasar.
The officials said at least 10 districts — Quetta, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sohbatpur, Jhal Magsi, Bolan (Kachhi) Khuzdar, Lasbela, Qila Saifullah, and Qila Abdullah — were particularly hit hard by the unprecedented floods that levelled crops and destroyed thousands of houses.
Langove said so far 29,000 people were rescued and added that 185,000 houses were partially damaged while 64,000 houses were completely washed away in the floods.
He said that 500,000 livestock were killed during floods as well.