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Pakistan: Rs 40 million allocated for drought victims

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HUB, Jan 13: The provincial government has allocated Rs 40 million for the drought-affected areas of Balochistan. Sources told Dawn on Saturday that the amount, expected to be raised during the second phase, would be spent for the provision of food, water, medicines and other basic amenities in the drought-hit areas.

They said that at least six districts of the province including Khuzdar, Awaran, Lasbela, Chaghai were hit by severe drought and the areas of Aranji and Saroona of Khuzdar district were the most affected.

Lasbela district Nazim Jam Kamal Khan told this reporter that nearly 65 per cent of the district was without potable water.

He said that the entire area of Dureji Tehsil, a vast area of Uthal Tehsil, the entire Lyari and Kanraj Tehsils were also facing severe drought. "Only some small areas of Hub and Bela Tehsils are getting water either from the supply schemes or from the under ground reserves," he added.

A worker of an NGO, Prof. Naila Qaderi, had said that the nearly 40 people had died in Aranji and Saroona areas of Khuzdar district during the last five weeks owing to the long dry spell in the region for more than five years.

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