Balochistan communication links snapped by floods

QUETTA: Already battered by flash floods, Balochistan lost communication with the rest of the country after overnight rains as the nation struggles to cope with the humanitarian disaster, officials said.

Historic monsoon rains and flooding in Pakistan have affected more than 30 million people over the last few weeks, the climate change minister said on Thursday, calling the situation a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions”.

The destruction of infrastructure and breakdown in communication links adds to the difficulties faced by the authorities in rescue and relief efforts in the region.

Pakistan has called on the international community to help as it struggles to cope with the aftermath of torrential rains that have triggered massive floods, killing more than 900 people.

The air, road and rail networks in Balochistan are already suspended, cutting it off from the rest of the country.

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