The most deprived province of Pakistan is deprived ever more after being affected by recent devastating floods in the country. The major part of donations and aids collected by various NGOs and private sector organisations has been granted to other provinces because of their clout within the political establishment. Balochistan has been left unmended to the paralysed administration at Quetta with no funds at its disposal. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has banned international donor agencies, aid organizations and NGOs from directly assisting the flood-affected people of Balochistan, an act that can only be described as apartheid against Balochs. The current situation in eastern parts of Balochistan is especially appalling with more than 1.1 million IDPs uprooted from their abodes. Their children are suffering in particular as they are easily stricken with hepatitis B, C, malaria, pneumonia due to malnutrition and lack of proper medical facilities. The unfortunate IDPs that belong to Dera Bugti, Sui, Kholu and Kahn districts, who were already part of a mass exodus from their hometowns due to military operation in the Musharraf era, are in the most pitiable condition of all. Balochistan governments chief for flood relief Raheela Durrani has said her government has distributed Rs 400 million among Balochistans flood victims. But there is no visible sign of any relief measures. Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has stated that 40 percent of US Aid would be spent on Balochistan. His Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa has, meanwhile, demanded that the federal government should double its annual grant but there is no response from Islamabad as yet. A number of affected people are now migrating through borders of Afghanistan and Iran, a movement that needs to be prevented on urgent basis. The immediate priorities of these people are provision of shelter, food, clean drinking water and sanitation. That should be provided by right to all flood victims regardless of the geography of their origin. -MADIHA WAHID, Karachi, September 24.