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Death toll in Pakistan floods exceeds 1,000

The death toll in Pakistan’s worst floods has crossed the 1,000 mark after another 119 people died in flood-related incidents across the country in the last 24 hours, according to official data on Sunday.

Floods caused by torrential rains since June 14 have wreaked havoc, inundating large swaths of plains in the south and southwest of the country.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Sunday that 119 people had died in the previous 24 hours as heavy rains continued to lash parts of the country.

A volunteer paddles an inflatable tube as he evacuates a flood victim with his belongings after rains and floods during the monsoon season in Charsadda, Pakistan on August 27, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

“So far, 1,033 people have died and 1,527 injured across Pakistan,” the NDMA, the lead disaster management agency, said.

Most of the 76 deaths were reported in Sindh province in the last 24 hours, it said.

A man balances himself with others on a flooded road after rains and floods during the monsoon season in Charsadda, Pakistan, on August 27, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

It said that 71 people were injured across the country.

At least 347 people were killed in Sindh, 238 in Balochistan, 226 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 168 in Punjab, 38 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, 15 in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Islamabad.

A boy crosses a flooded road with a cable tied at both ends after rains and floods during the monsoon season in Charsadda, Pakistan, on August 27, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The floods destroyed 3,451.5 km of roads, washed away 147 bridges, destroyed 170 shops and partially or completely damaged around 9,49,858 houses.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said authorities were assessing the damage to the economy, which could run into billions of rupees.

Pakistan is unprepared to deal with such a big crisis and has sought international help.

The United Nations is expected to issue a flash appeal of over US$160 million on August 30 to support Pakistan.

Days after Pakistan notified foreign diplomats of a national emergency, friendly countries began to step in to offer support.

The United Kingdom has announced that it will provide up to £1.5 million to the relief effort.

British High Commissioner Christian Turner tweeted on Saturday, “It’s time to stand together: GB is providing £1.5m in emergency aid for #floodrelief.”

Muslim countries also began reaching out to Pakistan for humanitarian assistance, with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran calling Sharif and pledging their support.

UAE news agency WAM reported that President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered Pakistan to provide emergency relief aid.

The UAE’s relief aid includes around 3,000 tons of food supplies, as well as tons of medical and medical supplies, in addition to tents and shelter materials.

Flood victims receive boiled rice from relief workers after taking shelter on a motorway following monsoon rains and flooding in Charsadda, Pakistan on August 27, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa separately visited the flood-hit areas of Balochistan and Sindh and pledged to make all-out efforts to compensate and rehabilitate all those affected or displaced by the flood waters.

“Visiting flood affected areas and meeting people. The scale of the disaster is bigger than expected. Time demands that we come together as a nation in support of our people in the face of this calamity. Let us rise above our differences and stand by our people who need us today,” the prime minister tweeted after visiting Sindh’s Sujawal area.

Bajwa also met the flood-affected people and soldiers involved in relief operations.

“The safety and well-being of our countrymen comes first and we will not rest until everyone affected by the floods is not only reached but also rehabilitated, no matter how many efforts are made,” the army’s media wing quoted Bajwa as saying at the time. Visit Lasbela district of Balochistan.

The forecast for the next 24 hours showed that dry weather was expected in most parts of the country, which is a big relief for the people as well as the government.

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