Pakistan

Death toll from flash floods rises to 118

ISLAMABAD: Authorities say the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 118. Meanwhile, floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said in a statement on Monday that the flooding has affected more than 800,000 people in 2,275 villages. About 2,900 houses have collapsed or are partially damaged.

Authorities said the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is the worst affected, with 59 deaths reported so far. The Pakistani part of Kashmir and southern part of eastern Punjab province each reported 22 deaths.

The NDMA and military moved tens of thousands of people to safety and provided relief goods.

Operation Madad

Meanwhile, more than 4,000 people have been rescued in the last 24-hours by the Pakistan Navy teams deployed at Badin, Khairpur, Sukkur, Pano Aqil, Larkana, Rani Pur and Gambat during the on-going flood relief operation ‘madad’.

Besides transporting them to safe areas and providing them all necessary medical assistance, a tent colony has also been established by Pakistan Navy (PN) at Khairpur for temporary rehabilitation of flood affected people, said a statement issued on Monday.

Presently, more than 700 flood affected people are being accommodated at Pakistan Navy's relief camp and are being provided with requisite facilities. More than six tonnes of relief goods have also been distributed among them by the Commander Pak Marines stationed at PN rescue camp Sukkur to supervise the Relief efforts.

Since the launch of operation ‘madad’, a total of more than 12,000 people have been rescued. Pakistan Navy Field Commands are maintaining close liaison with PDMA and other concerned authorities in civil administration to promptly respond to any flood related emergency.

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