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Pakistan floods affected more than 33 million, death toll reaches 1,061 across country

Flash floods and torrential monsoon rains across the country have killed approximately 1,033 people, including 348 children, and 1,527 more injured according to the officials.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 119 casualties and 71 injured people have been recorded in the last 24 hours alone, while more than 33 million people have been affected by the floods so far since the start of monsoon rains in mid-June.

Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman on Thursday called the floods “unprecedented” and “the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade.”

“Pakistan is going through its eighth cycle of monsoon while normally the country has only three to four cycles of rain,” Rehman said. “The percentages of super flood torrents are shocking.”

Talking about the destructive water levels in major reservoirs, the Minister said,

“Kabul River is still at ‘very high flood level’ at Nowshera as more than 300,000 cusecs of water was crossing the river.”

She further added that with 500,000 cusecs, water levels in River Indus at Taunsa, Sukkur, and Chashma are at ‘high flood level’.

Destruction caused by Floods

According to the local media reports;

  • Kach dam near Ziarat city, 80 miles from Quetta, had broken due to heavy flooding
  • Three people were killed as a result of landslides and floods in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Social media footage showed bridges, roads, and hotels sinking into water and people running to evacuate their homes
  • Roads spread over 130km (80 miles) had been damaged and 15 bridges were completely destroyed, as per the additional deputy commissioner of Swat
  • More than 100 houses and at least 50 hotels and restaurants were also destroyed in Swat

The protesters claimed that the local lawmakers have endangered the population by diverting floodwater that had blocked the Indus Highway, as per the reports.

The army has been called in to assist with relief and rescue operations in flood-stricken areas, said the statement issued by the country’s Ministry of Interior on Friday.

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