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UNHCR continues assisting affectees in Balochistan.

QUETTA, Aug. 13 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is dispatching additional aid to the flood affected people of Balochistan, as a convoy of trucks finally arrives after a week of delays in the Zhob area due to a landslide by heavy rains and flooding, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

To meet the needs of residents in devastated areas of eastern Balochistan, UNHCR Quetta immediately dispatched goods from its local stockpile to needy families in the area early last week.

As the needs of residents in the flood ravaged region outstripped its available supplies, UNHCR ordered 25 trucks to delivery additional urgently required shelter materials to Quetta of which, 9 were stranded near Zhob for almost a week.

"We are extremely concerned about the wellbeing of the affected people and want that the basic lifesaving assistance to reach the needy and distressed residents as quickly as possible," said UNHCR representative Mengesha Kebede.

The remaining shelter supplies arrive in Quetta, including additional tents, plastic mats, plastic sheeting and other necessary items, will immediately be handed over to provincial authorities for distribution in the affected villages of Balochistan.

Monsoon rains and flooding hampered not only the arrival of relief material from Peshawar, but also disrupted the delivery and distribution of items that had already been dispatched to Jaffarabad and Sibi. UNHCR has so far dispatched three consignments of relief items to three districts of the province, carrying shelter material including 3,000 tents, 4,900 jerry cans, 5,000 plastic tarpaulins, 3,790 kitchen sets, 4,900 plastic mats, 2000 blankets and 900 buckets.

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