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Pakistan ravaged by floods: Declares National State of Emergency

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PAKISTAN: Around 33 million people have been affected – 1,456 have been injured and over 1,000 killed – as floods ravage parts of Pakistan, prompting the Shehbaz Sharif Government to turn to the Pakistan Army for help in rescue and relief operations. The floods have also badly damaged houses and infrastructure; Pakistan’s Disaster Nanagement Agency said over 3,000 km of roads, around 150 bridges and nearly 700,000 houses have been washed away or destroyed.

Pakistan news website Dawn painted a grim picture Saturday morning, writing, “… at present, more than half of (the country) is under water and millions of people have been rendered homeless as a result of flash flooding generated by abnormal monsoon rains…” Unprecedented rains have also left over 5.7 million without shelter and food.

The destruction also includes damage to crops and livestock. Sindh and Balochistan have been worst hit, the PTI news agency said. More rain has been predicted for the coming week.

Thousands of people living near flood-swollen rivers in Pakistan’s north were ordered to evacuate Saturday as the death toll from devastating monsoon rains neared 1,000 with no end in sight.

Many rivers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — a picturesque province of rugged mountains and valleys — have burst their banks, demolishing scores of buildings including a 150-room hotel that crumbled into a raging torrent. – THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, THE MALAY MAIL

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