Pakistan uses boats and helicopters to evacuate flood victims

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Troop-backed rescuers on Wednesday used boats and helicopters to evacuate hundreds of stranded people from the country’s southwest, where flooding triggered by monsoon rains killed 104 people.

Since June 14, downpours have damaged bridges, roads and around 4,000 homes in Balochistan province, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

He said 337 people died in rain-related incidents in impoverished Pakistan.

Akram Bugti, a relief official, said hundreds of people were stranded just in Lasbella, a district of Balochistan province, after floodwaters inundated several villages.

He said the Balochistan government was providing food, tents and other essentials to those affected by the floods.

In a statement, the Pakistani army said the day before that troops were helping local authorities in Balochistan to evacuate residents from flood-hit areas.

He said the army had set up medical camps in flooded areas, where the World Health Organization launched a cholera vaccination campaign this week to prevent the spread of the waterborne disease.

Cholera has claimed 28 lives and sickened thousands of people in Balochistan in recent months.

The disease is endemic and seasonal in Pakistan, where many people do not have access to clean water. Health officials said the cholera vaccination campaign began on July 25 and will continue until Friday.

The monsoon season extends from July to September in Pakistan.

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