QUETTA - Representatives of civil society on Monday urged Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani to appeal the international community to help flood victims in Balochistan.

A meeting, organised by People’s Accountability Commission on Floods with assistance of PDI and OxfamNovib,was held in Jaffarabad to discuss the post flood issues in Balochistan.

“Victims in Jaffarabad, Naseerabad and in other districts are facing worst natural disaster crisis and both federal and provincial government have failed to provide them adequate, food, health and shelter facilities,” participants of the meeting said. They said that 341,892 people were hit by floods in Jaffarabad and majority of them were still living without shelter and food as the authorities forsook them at the mercy of God under the sky.  They said that provincial government had been started limited scale relief work but relief goods were distributed among the affiliates of influential people, leaving the victims languishing for months.  They added that people were forced to drink contaminated water and waterborne deceases were rapidly spreading among affected people. The Balochistan government does not have the capacity to cope with the situation and provide relief the victims but the rulers are only making tall claims instead of doing some relief work, the meeting observed.

They added that 80 percent health facilitates were devastated and 90 percent livestock was perished in the district.