Cyclone Havoc in Baluchistan

Posted on June 29, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Disasters, Environment
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nullBaluchistan was hit by a cyclone named ‘Yemyeni’ four days ago and it has caused widespread havoc. BBC news site is reporting that 800000 people have been affected. Today there are even reports of rioting by the hungry people waiting for aid to arrive. Worst affected area is reported to be Turbat where water over ran the embankments of Mirani dam. Government aid has started pouring in slowly but a lot needs to be done. The detailed news about the cyclone and rain havoc across Baluchistan is all over the national and international media therefore at ATP we will let following images do the talking. The title photo above is of a submerged Turbat mosque.
These photos have been linked to the news sites and clicking on them will take you to their parent websites.

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road2turbat In this photo, the main road to Turbat is seen washed away in a flash flood. This photo is from thursday, June 28, 2007. Turbat city which has a population of 150000 is also without drinking water and electricity. Government of Pakistan has confirmed 14 deaths and 23 missing as of friday but this number may go higher once the water recedes.

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rain-protestIn the photo to the right, angry protestors are seen walking towards the ‘nazim’ (mayor’s) office of Turbat. They are protesting slow and meager aid reaching their villages. The water from the hand-drwan wells has been rendered undrinkable due to floods and tube-wells which draw water from much deeper could not be operated because of power failure. Rauf Rind, nazim (mayor) of Kech said:
“The entire town has been inundated and people have taken refuge in tall buildings and trees”.
Chakar Baloch
who walked more than 40 km through the night to reach Turbat said:
“Every family is looking for one or two members”.
Others feared they would never see their missing family members again.

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rescuePhoto shows some of the problems that this cyclone has brought to people in the affected areas.

More photos of Baluchistan rains can be seen at BBC news site here.

44 responses to “Cyclone Havoc in Baluchistan”

  1. Mahera Omar says:

    Hingol Flood Relief. 22 min. 2007.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1378504054746762923

    Here’s a documentary about the devastation caused by the cyclone that hit the coastal areas of Baluchistan, and the relief efforts of a small group of individuals from Karachi for the scattered settlements in the Hingol National Park.

  2. mukhtar ahmed ayaz says:

    thanks

  3. Khan Tahir Majeed says:

    I have the technology of making highly energy efficient houses and though this topic is not directly connected to this but it should be introduced in Pakistan as it will still help the ordinary people.

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