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Over 2 lakh people affected by floods in Sindh

August 15, 2011 20:16 IST

Over 2 lakh people have been affected and displaced by a fresh wave of floods that has hit parts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Monday.

The heavy floods that swept away hundreds of villages and damaged rice crops have stirred memories of the flood disaster that hit Sindh last year.

The NDMA said that over 2 lalh people have been affected in flood-hit areas of interior Sindh. The NDMA confirmed this during a briefing to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who visited the flood affected areas.

Heavy rains with thunderstorms have lashed many parts of the country since Saturday night, causing untold misery in the rural areas of Sindh.

NDMA said hundreds of villages have been flooded in Badin after a breach in a major salinity drain widened further to 200 feet. Villages and crops have been flooded in Pangrio, while a grid station has also been inundated.

A large number of people have been marooned at dry spots in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and Mirpur Khas after being surrounded by flood waters. The NDMA told Gilani that thousands of people have been rescued by the Pakistan Army and Navy.

The prime minister announced that the agriculture bank will provide interest-free loans to the flood victims of Tando Muhammad Khan and Badin. He said Watan Cards and 15,000 tents will be provided for the people displaced by the floods.

Last year, floods had displaced lakhs of people in Pakistan in one of the worst natural disater in the country.

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