World · August 6, 2022

Flash floods kill at least 550 people in Pakistan under the heaviest rains in decades

A government agency said flash floods caused by abnormally intense monsoon rains killed at least 549 people in Pakistan in the past month, with remote communities in the impoverished southwestern province of Balochistan among the hardest hit.
Government agencies and the military set up aid and relief camps in flood-affected regions and were working to help relocate families and provide food and medicine.

Aside from casualties, the floods damaged more than 46,200 homes, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Friday.

“We are doing our best to provide extensive relief and rehabilitation for flood victims,” ​​Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said during a visit to the affected areas.
But the provincial government of Balochistan said it needed more funds and asked international organizations for assistance.
“Our losses are enormous,” said the prime minister of the province Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo.

There was a shortage of food in every district affected by the floods, with some even disconnected from the rest of the province due to more than 700 kilometers of swept roads.

Bezenjo said his province needs “enormous assistance” from the government and international aid agencies.
The last month was the wettest in the past three decades, with 133 percent more rain than the average for the past 30 years, the NDMA said.

Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305% more rain than the annual average, the disaster agency said.