Monday, July 2, 2007
Balochistan Flood Death Toll Rises
"Relief goods are pouring in, but it is a challenge to distribute it in the vast affected area where communication and transportation lines have broken down," Raziq Bugti, spokesman for the Balochistan government told the Associated Press news agency.
Another relief official said more tents were needed to provide shelter for people who have been left homeless by the floods. Relief commissioner Ali Gul Kurd said hundreds of villages had been inundated, with 90% of crops, cattle and houses destroyed in some areas. He also that the casualty figures could rise as dozens of people had been reported missing. Four people have died in overnight rains in Sindh province, and in one district alone, 30 villages have been inundated with flood waters. Last month, more than 200 people were killed in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi, by floods and high winds.