QUETTA – The US government has approved $10 million aid for rehabilitation and betterment of schools in flood-hit areas of Balochistan, US Consul General in Karachi William Martin said.

He made this announcement during his visit to Lasbela district in Balochistan. The diplomat said that this amount would help rebuild flood-damaged primary and secondary schools. “These funds will have a tremendous impact on education,” he said.

This initiative will provide educational supplies, safe drinking water, and temporary classrooms so that students can continue their education uninterrupted, he added.

The consul general visited small dams of Uthandro and Thalnga where the executive director of the Irrigation Department briefed him about the structure of dams and their beneficiaries, especially in the agriculture and livestock sectors. The diplomat and Balochistan Assembly speaker Aslam Bhootani visited the Girls Model Primary School of Dureji.

Speaking to school children, the consul general said: “There is no better investment in your future than your education.”

Speaker Bhootani gave a lunch in the honour of consul general at his residence, which was also attended by the elders of Bhootani tribe and officials. USAID Deputy Regional Director Randy Hatfield, Public Affairs Officer Kevin Murakami, and Political Officer Anne Bennett accompanied the consul general during his visit.