Flash floods caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 549 people in Pakistan over the past month, with remote communities in the impoverished southwestern province of Balochistan among the worst affected, a government agency said.
Government agencies and the military set up aid and relief camps in flood-affected areas and worked to help resettle families and provide food and medicine.
Besides the deaths, the floods destroyed more than 46,200 homes, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday.
“We are doing our best to provide wide-ranging relief and rehabilitation for the flood victims,” Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said during a visit to the disaster-stricken areas.
But the provincial government of Balochistan said it needed more money and appealed to international organizations for help.
“Our losses are huge,” said provincial Prime Minister Abdul Quddus Bizengo.
There was food shortages in every district affected by the floods, and some were also cut off from the rest of the district as more than 700 km of roads were washed away.
Bizingo said his county needs “huge help” from the government and international aid agencies.
The National Disaster Management Administration said last month was the wettest in three decades, with precipitation 133 percent more than the average of the past 30 years.
The disaster agency said Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305 percent more rain than the annual average.