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Letter: Effects of drought in Balochistan

In Balochistan, drought is completely destroying the livestock owned by the people of rural areas. Almost 25 percent of the livestock has already been perished in many districts of the Balochistan.

Livestock is the source of the food of the poor people of rural areas, and over 70 percent population’s income is based on livestock. Economic backbone of rural Balochistan can be destroyed due to the coming drought. Balochistan has faced a dangerous drought during 1997 to 2005 which caused 1.76 million livestock deaths, hundreds of people lost their lives due to malnutrition and related diseases and they faced a loss of 25 billion rupees.

In the recent days, again the same conditions have arrived in Balochistan. If this time nothing will be done for the protection of the livestock and the people of rural areas then once again Balochistan will face a destruction which will be very dangerous for the people.  I request the Balochistan government to provide funds to the rural people of the province and protected them from alarming drought.

Sana Samad,Turbat.

Published in The Balochistan Point on April 2, 2017

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