BADIN (APP) A vast area of cash crops in the coastal belt of the district Badin has been destroyed by the recent heavy rains. Dozens of villages have also been destroyed and the people are forced to take shelter in camps established by Pakistan Army and the government, or are camped at high places on self-help basis. These crops include cotton, green chili, rice and sugarcane spread over thousands of acres of land. A group of people from Tando Bagho and Khoski tehsils of Badin told a correspondent of this news agency that there were bumper crops in these areas which have perished under four to six feet deep rain water. Cotton crop was blooming with cotton balls and paddy crop had also matured when rain water struck, they said. Had there been any drain or other system to significantly decrease the water level, this big wealth of cash crops would have been saved, said Muhammad Luqman, a resident of Muhammad Yousuf Bhotu village of Tando Bagho. Only I have lost more than 200 acres of cotton, chili and rice, he said in a depressed voice. Another man maintained that Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) has become the main source of flood in a large part of area. Gul Hassan from Khoski tehsil said their crops and homes were destroyed and they were worried about their future. We even do not know if the land will be able to grow the next crop, he said. The group of farmers demanded that a strong road network be developed in the coastal belt and other remote areas of Badin for better marketing of their crops. They also demanded better health and education facilities.