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Flooding in Pakistan
Flooding in Pakistan
Hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan have been devastated by the worst floods in the country's history.
Updated 3 August 2010.
A Tearfund partner in Pakistan is organising emergency aid to help thousands of people affected by some of the worst flooding the country has ever seen.
Heavy monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have caused floods which have killed at least 1,400 people and left hundreds of thousands more injured and homeless.
A state of emergency has been declared by one provincial government after three days of rain caused widespread devastation, in some places sweeping entire villages away.
Roads, bridges, crops and livestock have been destroyed as rivers have burst their banks and inundated vast areas, with Balochistan in the south west and Punjab also affected.
In the Rajanpur district of Punjab, more than 2,200 families have been affected by the flooding and 11,000 acres of crops have been destroyed.
With so many people dependent on agriculture, the destruction of crops and livestock will leave many survivors facing hunger and uncertainty.
Ashraf Mall, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Pakistan, said although it was the start of the monsoon season, no one had expected such devastation:
‘It’s one of the biggest floods in the history of Pakistan,’ said Ashraf. ‘Looking at the scale of it and the number of people displaced and missing, the death toll could continue to rise.
‘People need food immediately as they have lost their homes and possessions.’
Backed up by extra resources from Tearfund, staff from our partner SSEWA-Pak are responding to the disaster in the southern Punjab and lower Sindh.
However, the destruction of transport and communication links is making this work extremely difficult, with many survivors effectively cut off from outside help.
Reproduced from the Tearfund website 11th September 2010 by permission. Copyright © Tearfund UK 2010 www.tearfund.org
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