Floods spell doom in Pakistan again, 5.3 mn affected
Torrential rains have lashed many parts of the province for over a week, causing water levels to rise in many districts and impeding rescue and relief operations. The National Disaster Management Authority said the floods had affected 23 districts of Sindh and submerged some 4.5 million acres.
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Image: A man rides his donkey cart loaded with chairs through a flooded street, after a heavy downpour in Lahore
Pak floods claim 218 lives
Crops spread over 1.7 million acres have been damaged and about 1.2 million homes have been washed away by floods.The Sindh government says an estimated 280,000 people are sheltering in 2,000 relief camps.
Image: Villagers wade through flood waters with their belongings in the Tando Allahyar, district of Pakistan's Sindh province
'It's a humanitarian emergency'
Qamar Zaman Kaira, a member of the prime minister's flood relief committee, said the nature of this year's floods was more dangerous than those in 2010 caused by unprecedented rainfall.In the next stage, rehabilitation aid will be required, including for infrastructure, rebuilding destroyed houses and means of livelihood, he said.
Image: Residents ride motorcycles through a flooded street after heavy rains in Peshawar
Zardari, Gilani turn to UN, world for help
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have made special appeals to the world community and the UN to provide urgently needed aid for the flood victims but China and Iran are among the few countries that have pledged assistance so far.
Image: Monsoon clouds are seen as a family flee their flooded village in the Tando Allahyar district of Pakistan's Sindh province
'Govt unable to estimate extent of damage'
"What is more worrisome is that the government is still unable to fully estimate the extent of the damage or coordinate relief efforts," it added.
The army and the government have been spearheading relief efforts, with few NGOs or international agencies providing any assistance."The cold response comes not for donor fatigue, say observers, but from questions being raised over the government's ability to raise a portion of the funds," The Express Tribune reported.
Image: Villagers, who evacuated their flooded villages, sit on higher grounds with their belongings in the Tando Allahyar