Pak Army has helped over 700 families affected by floods in Balochistan
Reporting on the front lines without delay, the Pakistan Army has been diligently taking all measures to aid the flood stricken areas of the country. Frontier Corps and Army personnel have been assisting the civil administration in rescue and relief efforts in the recently inundated areas. Following the rising death toll, two army aviation helicopters were flown from Karachi to Othal and Lasbella, on July 28. The helicopters had been attempting to reach Balochistan earlier, but had been unable to fly due to adverse weather conditions. With this addition, more than 700 families trapped in Bolan, Lasbela, Othal, Jhal Magsi and Ghizer were evacuated safely. Meanwhile, ground rescue and relief teams have been moving people to safety, while simultaneously providing rations to local residents.
Additionally, doctors and paramedics are providing round the clock medical care and free medicine to victims at free medical camps in Hub, Lasbela, Othal, Zeropoint, Deodar and Ghizer. As much as, 7.5 tonnes of food items, shelters and other relief materials have been distributed in Lasbela, Othal, Jhal Magsi, Khuzdar and other affected areas. Meanwhile, standby response teams are stationed at various locations in Balochistan to counter any emergency situation that may occour. The coastal highway has been opened for all kinds of traffic, while efforts are in underway to repair the damaged communication infrastructure and restore utilities. The protection bund in Turbat, which was breached, has also been repaired. Water is being drained from the affected areas through dewatering pumps and tankers.
Separately, the Army is also busy carrying out relief work in areas of both the Punjab and Sindh that have been affected by urban flooding. Emergency response teams have been busy disbursing food to flood victims, providing medical care and dewatering submerged parts of the provinces. Two medical camps have been established in Dera Ghazi Khan. In Sindh, apart from dewatering efforts in Karachi South, including Shahrae Faisal and Nipa Chowrangi, troops are busy in relief efforts in the Jamshoro and Gharo areas. Pakistan Army troops and mobile medical teams have been providing relief goods, as well as, free medicines to hundreds of locals in Sindh.