This Article is From Aug 19, 2013

110 people killed, over three lakh affected in Pakistan floods

Islamabad: Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 110 people and affected over three lakh in many parts of Pakistan, the country's disaster management authority said today.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the flood-hit areas in Sialkot district over the weekend and directed the Punjab government to take every step possible to help the victims.

He also directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman to visit the worst-hit areas and provide emergency relief to the people.

The NDMA said more than 2400 sub-divisions have been fully damaged and around 2650, partially affected by torrential rains and floods. The agency said that more than three lakh people have also been affected.

Of those killed, 30 are from Punjab, 24 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 22 from Sindh, 16 from Balochistan and 12 from Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

The rain and floods also injured around 113 people and affected 770 villages across the country. Another 104 villages in Chinot area of Punjab have been put on alert due to the flooding in the Chenab river. Five sub-divisions of Vehari district have been warned due to high waters in the Sutlej river.

The NDMA has established 44 relief camps in flood-hit areas to accommodate affected people.

The army is helping the people by moving them to safer places and providing them food, water and medicines.

Major cities like Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi are also severely flooded.

In Karachi, the heavy rains last week caused serious damage in which around two dozen people were killed.

The meteorological office has predicted more rain in the coming days.

Pakistan has not issued any appeal for international relief help so far.

2010 saw Pakistan's worst floods ever, affecting almost one of fifth of the country, killing more than 1800 people.