Pakistan floods: More international aid urgently needed, 119 more casualties

 Pakistan floods: More international aid urgently needed, 119 more casualties

Pakistan floods More international aid urgently needed, 119 more casualties
 Pakistan floods More international aid urgently needed, 119 more casualties


With floods sweeping through the country, Pakistan is demanding more international aid from countries around the world, prompting the search for higher and drier lands.

The National Disaster Management Agency stated that the death toll from the monsoon rains reached 1,033, including 119 during the past 24 hours.

Officials said the United States, Britain and the UAE had responded to the relief appeals, but more aid was still urgently needed.

They added that the Pakistani government is doing its best to help the people in light of the current escalation of natural disasters plaguing the country.

Salman Sofi, a Pakistani Interior Ministry official, told the BBC that the country was in dire need of international support.

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  • "Pakistan is suffering from economic problems, but once it is close to overcoming them, it has been hit by the monsoon rains," he added.
  • He stressed that the funds allocated for development projects are used for those affected by the floods.
  • Residents in northwest Pakistan had to leave their homes as rivers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa overflowed and inundated, causing massive flooding.
  • Junaid Khan, 23, who lives in the stricken area, told AFP: "The house that we worked so hard to build over the years, we see it sinking before our eyes.

We sat on the side of the road and watched our dream house sink.

  • Sindh province in southeast Pakistan was also hit hard by the floods, causing thousands to flee their homes.
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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said 33 million people, an estimated 15 percent of the country's population, were affected by the floods.
  • He pointed out that the damage caused by these floods may reach the level of damage caused by the 2010-2011 floods, making it the worst ever.
  • Pakistani officials believe that climate change is responsible for these severe floods.
  • But some argue that poor planning by local governments is a major contributor to increased damage from natural disasters, as buildings are being constructed in areas most prone to seasonal flooding.