ISLAMABAD: Floods and heavy monsoon rains have now killed 178 people and affected 1.5 million across Pakistan in the last three weeks, disaster management officials said on Sunday in updated figures.

“At least 178 people have died and 1,503,492 others affected by recent monsoon rains and floods across Pakistan,” a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official told AFP.

He said that the rains had wounded 855 people, affected 5,615 villages and destroyed 20,312 houses all over the country.

On Wednesday the figures stood at nearly one million people affected and 139 dead.

Nearly 350 relief camps have been set up to help people, mostly in the central province of Punjab, the southern province of Sindh and the southwestern province of Balochistan, the official said.

Further heavy monsoon rains are expected in Pakistan next month, but the NDMA is fully prepared, he said.

Pakistan, which has suffered from monsoon floods for the last three years, has been criticised for not doing more to mitigate against the dangers posed by seasonal rains washing away homes and farmland.

Streets in all major cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad suffer intermittent flooding due to downpours, damaging roads and homes.

In 2010, the worst floods in the country's history killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

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TamzaK
August 26, 2013 12:27 am

The ONLY way this problem will get taken care of is when it starts affecting the power-elite of the country. As long as it is the common-poor person, no solution will be exercised.

shaheen
August 26, 2013 1:02 am

Floods of rains are in human control if one already knows about fore-castings of rains & its measurements.Our Govt. should take serious steps in constructing of large dams as Kala Bag dam Which can save more water, our lives from destructive floods & from diseased drinking water.These little little dams cannot fulfill our country's present needs.

Ahmer
August 26, 2013 2:40 am

If the world does not help now, when will it help?

muhammad abbas ahmed
August 26, 2013 11:19 am

Further heavy monsoon rains are expected in Pakistan next month, but the NDMA is fully prepared, he said.

huh????

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