Death toll from floods in Pakistan reaches 1,140

Tue, 30 Aug 2022 7:22 GMT
Over 1,600 injured in rain and flood-related mishaps across Pakistan
Death toll from floods in Pakistan reaches 1,140

The death toll from massive floods caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in Pakistan rose to 1,140 on Monday as 75 more people died over the past 24 hours, the country's disaster authority announced on Monday.

By province, the most deaths were reported from southern Sindh, with 402 fatalities, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

At least 258 people have also died in the northwestern Kyber Pakhtunkhwa province, while 244 lost their lives in southwestern Balochistan since June 14, said the NDMA.

Also, at least 13 people were killed when a boat shifting flood-affected people capsized in the town of Sehwan in Sindh, roughly 285 kilometers (177 miles) from the provincial capital, Karachi.

Over 1,634 people have been injured in the rain and flood-related mishaps, the authority said, adding over 719,000 livestock animals were also lost.

Over 3,451 kilometers of roads, 162 bridges, 170 shops, and 949,858 dwellings were also damaged across the country.

Rescue workers backed by army troops scrambled across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to rescue hundreds of marooned people as Sindh expects another spell of floods from the Indus River within the next couple of days.

Army helicopters rescued 35 tourists trapped in the mountains of scenic Kumrat valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the military said in a statement.

In an encouraging development, the water level in the Kabul River has decreased, though still in the range of a medium flood.

Some 33.4 million Pakistanis in 72 districts across the country have been affected by the ongoing rainfall and floods, the NDMA said.


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