Honorable Chief Minister Balochishtan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch Balochistan Press Briefing.

Unfortunately Balochistan has remained prone to many natural and manmade disasters like drought earthquake, floods etc. After the dangerous spell of drought (1997 to 2003), the province of Balochistan is again passing through another developing spell of drought affecting specially the sectors like papules livestock, agriculture and overall the economic scenario of the province. Comprehensive Assessment of drought has been ordered and will be conducted by the respective Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts in coordination with relevant line departments.

  1. Drought: Initially government of Balochistan is pleased to allocate Rs 1 Billion to PDMA to meet the food requirements specially covering livestock sector and food packages for the affectees of drought in the province. In wake of the financial constraints coupled with the severity of looming drought in Balochistan, Federal Government will also be requested to intervene for financial assistance as to compensate the drought affectees and the affected sectors like livestock and agriculture etc. 1.2. Ministers Visit to Different Districts: Honorable Minister Disaster Management and Home & Tribal Affairs Mr. Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Minister Livestock Mr. Ubaidullah Babat and Head of relevant line departments are moving to Zhob and other districts to assess current situation of Drought.
  2. Tropical Cyclone - (NILOFAR) in Arabian Sea Very Severe Tropical Cyclone (Nilofar) in Arabian Sea has moved northward during last 12hours and now located at Lat. 18.3°N and Long. 62.0°E, about 875 Km in southwest of Karachi and 740 Km south of Gawadar. The Cyclone would move northeastward (towards adjoining coastal areas of Lower Sindh and Indian Gujrat) in next 24 hours with a speed of 13 Km/hour. At present the estimated central pressure of Cyclone is 990 HPA and the average sustained wind speed around is 100-110 Knots up to 120 Knots. Under the influences of this Cyclone, widespread rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy/very heavy falls accompanied by strong gusty winds are expected in Lower Sindh including Karachi and Coastal Areas of Balochistan from today till Saturday (morning). The sea conditions along Pakistan coast have become rough and likely to become very rough today (night). The fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan are advised not to venture in open sea today till Saturday.
  3. Precautionary Measures taken:
    • Emergency has been declared in District HeadQuarter Gwadar.
    • Resources have been mobilized.
    • Relief camps declared to accommodate the vulnerable communities
    • 9 Punjab Pak Army, 88 Wing Mekran Scouts and PCG are on standby and available for backup support in case of any eventuality.
  4. Vulnerable Areas:
    • Tehsil Ormara
      • Marow village
      • Kandelag Village
      • Tehsil Pasni
        • Chandi village, Kalmat.
        • Gursunth village Kalmat.
        • Joze village
        • Reig Pusht Pasni town
        • Tehsil GwadarRaisani Ward Jiwani
          • Surbandar
          • Old Mullah Band
          • Pishukaan
          • Tehsil Jiwani
            • Ganz