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PAKISTAN: More dead as fresh rain hits southern provinces

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DADU, 13 August 2007 (IRIN) - At least 51 people have died in the past few days as further heavy rain battered Sindh Province, and more rain is forecast in Balochistan. At least a dozen homes have reportedly collapsed or been damaged, most of them in Karachi. Many others have been flooded. The governments of Sindh and Balochistan have been put on alert for storms and heavy rain. "Widespread rains are forecast in the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan, especially in hilly areas of Balochistan," Lt-Gen (retd) Farooq Ahmed Khan, chairman of Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said in Islamabad. An estimated 2.5 million people were affected by flooding after four days of torrential rain in Balochistan and Sindh provinces at the end of June, leaving over 300 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 6,500 villages were affected and 80,000 houses destroyed.

The toll in the floods in Bangladesh climbed to 298 on Monday with reports of 30 more deaths reaching the capital from various parts of the country.
Officials in the Food and Disaster Management Ministry said more than 10 million people have lost their homes to the floods as the first of the five Saudi cargo planes with relief material worth over $50 million is expected to arrive on Monday night.
Drowning, snakebite and various water-borne diseases caused the deaths.

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