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Saudi relief supplies rushed to Balochistan

According to NDMA, Saudi government’s relief items included tarpaulins, blankets and mosquito nets for 60,000 people. About 200 school tents, 35 generators and 30 dewatering pumps were also supplied to flood affected people.

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has delivered Saudi relief goods to the flood victims in Balochistan.

According to NDMA, Saudi government’s relief items included tarpaulins, blankets and mosquito nets for 60,000 people. About 200 school tents, 35 generators and 30 dewatering pumps were also supplied to flood affected people.

Additionally, 1,000 ration bags provided by Saudi Relief had also been dispatched.

In the fresh spell of monsoon, at least six more deaths have been reported on Sunday — four in Lasbela and two in Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan district and their bodies were handed over to the Edhi foundation. So far, the death toll in Balochistan has increased to 194.

Meanwhile, two brothers, aged 13 and 11, were drowned when their village in Tuman Buzdar was hit by torrents from Suleman Range mountains in Taunsa, Dera Ghazi Khan. As a result of the deluge, people living in rural parts of DG Khan and Rajanpur had started moving to higher ground for safety.

Federal Minister of Health Qadir Patel said Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was paying special attention to the rehabilitation of the flood victims of Balochistan.

Meanwhile, Provincial Director General Health Dr. Noor Muhammad Qazi said that cases of cholera, diarrhea, skin, and gastro-enteritis had surfaced in Balochistan due to the flood disaster. Six people have died of cholera in Dera Bugti, however, the situation was under control now, he added.

Dr Qazi gave a briefing to Health Minister Qadir Patel and said more than 10,000 flood victims have been treated in the medical camps in Lasbela.

Dr Qazi revealed that 258,459 people from 15 union councils of Belah Tehsil were affected by the flood. “With the support of the medical teams of the Pakistan Army, the teams of the Health Department are also performing the duties of emergency rescue operation,” he added.

Health Minister was satisfied with the measures taken by the provincial government for the flood victims.

Javed Mahmood
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