Floods, monsoon rains damaged 43pc of crops and vegetables: UN Report

Floods and Monsoon rains have damaged 43 percent or 117,400 acres of crops and vegetables, along with 30 percent or 35,000 acres of orchards, in the surveyed districts of Balochistan, according to the Rapid Needs Assessment Report.

The report prepared by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan in collaboration with United Nations (UN) agencies has been released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

According to the report, the highest damage to crops and vegetables was caused in Lasbela, Pishin and Jhal Magsi whereas orchards have been damaged in Qila Saifullah, Kharan and Pishin.

Upon the request of PDMA, 10 districts were prioritized for assessment. Crops and orchards of onion, tomatoes, cotton, maize, pulses, grapes, apple, pomegrenates, apricot and dates have been negatively impacted.

According to the report, an average of 15 percent of farming households have lost cereals stored for household consumption in Jhal Magsi, Kalat and Lasbela.

Damage to the farm-to-market roads has been found with 51 percent severely damaged, 34 percent moderately damaged and eight percent slightly damaged. Jhal Magsi, Kachhi and Qila Saifullah have the most severe farm-to-market road damages.

Irrigation infrastructure has been damaged. A total of 40 percent surveyed villages have been found with severe damage, 30 percent with moderate and seven percent with slight damage.

The livestock sector has also been damaged severely, mostly in Jhal Magsi, Lasbela, Qila Saifullah, Naushki and Khuzdar. Goats have been reported as the most vanished livestock.

According to the survey report, about 73 percent of the affected households have inadequate sources to purchase food. The most severely hit areas in this regard include Lasbela with 84 percent and Jhal Magsi with 82 percent. The households have 13 days of food stock for their consumption.

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