Jonathan Harley reports:
The cyclone wiped out a wide stretch of pakistan's coastal belt in southern sindh province with reports of the death toll ranging from 231 up to 400. Navy and army troops are leading the rescue effort, digging through mud-covered debris. Around 550 people marooned by floods have been air-lifted by helicopter or rescued by navy boats. The only sign of joy amid the devestation: 250 stranded fishermen, presumed dead,were evacuated and returned to their village. Many people have lost eveything they own - including their means of making a living. At least 30 per cent of property cattle and personal belongings have either been washed away or destroyed.
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