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Pakistani Cyclone Victims Protest Lack of Emergency Aid


Angry storm victims in Pakistan rioted Friday, protesting the lack of emergency aid four days after a cyclone hit the southern coast.

Police fired tear gas to disperse several thousand villagers in the flooded city of Turbat. Many storm victims have had no electricity, food or clean water since Cyclone Yemyin slammed into two southern provinces - Balochistan and Sindh.

Aid deliveries for the estimated 900,000 affected people in Pakistan have been delayed by continuing rains. Reports say at least 250 people have died and 250,000 others are homeless.

Federal Emergency Relief Coordinator General Farooq Ahmed said Friday the impact of the storm on telephone communications and roads has made it difficult to provide relief.

Meanwhile, in eastern India, a new storm has caused thousands of people to evacuate the eastern state of Orissa. Torrential rains and flooding over the past week have killed more than 144 people in parts of India.

Bad weather has also caused deadly flooding in eastern Afghanistan, where more than 40 people have died.

Hundreds of people have been killed over the past week in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Officials in all three countries say they expect the death toll to rise significantly as floodwaters recede.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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