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DERA MURAD JAMALI: Baloch­istan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove has said that Rs10 billion has been requested from the federal government for the rehabilitation of people affected by recent rains and flood.

Talking to reporters on Saturday, Mr Langove said 11 people had lost their lives in the floods, which had caused heavy losses in the province.

Earlier, Mr Langove along with Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Sarfaraz Khan Domki visited flood-affected areas of Sibi, Lehri and Kachhi.

They carried out an aerial survey of the area by helicopter and observed that standing crops of wheat and vegetables were badly damaged. Hundreds of houses were destroyed and thousands of people rendered homeless, they said.

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Education Mohammad Khan Lehri, officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and the district management accompanied the ministers.

The PDMA provided relief goods and other items to flood-affected people.

Mr Langove said that Prime Min­i­s­ter Imran Khan was expected to ann­ounce a package of Rs10bn for re­ha­bilitation of flood-affected people.

A final and detailed report will be submitted to Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani.

On the basis of that report flood affected areas will be declared disaster-hit.

Nasirabad Deputy Commissioner Zafar Baloch informed the ministers that rescue and rehabilitation work was in process in affected areas. Demand for food items had already been sent to the PDMA. He said the people trapped in the district had been rescued.

A survey to assess agriculture and land losses will be initiated soon. The district administration has been taking measures to provide quick relief to the people.

Published in Dawn, April 21st, 2019