Pakistan cyclone death toll hits 380
The death toll from cyclone and subsequent heavy floods in Pakistan's southern Balochistan province climbed to 380.world Updated: Jul 02, 2007 17:19 IST
The death toll from cyclone and subsequent heavy floods in Pakistan's southern Balochistan province climbed to 380, while thousands more were facing starvation in the affected areas, media reports said on Monday.
Tropical Cyclone Yemyin moved in from the North Arabian Sea on last Tuesday and roared ashore in Balochistan with winds of about 130 km per hour and heavy rains, causing floods, which inundated hundreds villages in the province.
The bodies of 19 people were recovered in Jhal Magsi, 18 in Awaran, 20 in Kharan, 40 in Naal area of Khuzdar district as the floodwater receded from the areas, raising the death toll to 380, Aaj news channel said.
Twenty-five people died of snakebites, and epidemic diseases in Jhal Magsi district. More than 400 are still missing in the province.
The government has confirmed only 103 deaths so far and more than one million people are said to be affected by the floods. However, the devastation is massive as 150,000 people were displaced only in one Turbat district, Geo news channels cited official sources.
Tens of thousands people spent last six days in the open and were facing severe shortage of food and drinking water in Balochistan, where disrupted road links and bad weather were hampering the rescue and recovery efforts, Aaj TV reported.
Fourteen battalions of military and paramilitary forces Frontier Corps were deployed in the 15 affected districts for relief activities, spokesman for Balochistan province Razaq Bugti said.
Bad weather has also wreaked havoc in Sindh and North West Frontier Province where the independent reports have put the death toll at 250 and 100 respectively.
Four women died on Sunday night in Mansehra district of the province as land sliding destroyed their home.