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Death toll from monsoon reaches 1,162 as flood waters prey upon Dadu

The death toll from the devastating floods in the country has reached 1,162 as flood waters preyed upon Dadu in Sindh, with banks collapsing and more than a million people affected in the district.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) report, over 3,500 people have been severely injured due to the floods since June 14.

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In the last 24 hours, there were 36 fatalities and approximately 1,941 injuries.

Dadu Deputy Commissioner Syed Murtaza Ali, while talking to local media, said that 1.2 million people had been affected and displaced so far in the district.

He also mentioned that the water level is rising in the Main Nara Valley drain in Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi talukas which are located at a distance of eight kilometers from Dadu city.

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Pakistan has experienced 390.7 millimeters of rain, or about 190 percent more than the 30-year average, in the quarter through August of this year.

Sindh was the most impacted province with 466 percent more rain than the 30-year average.

Homes, businesses, infrastructure, and crops have been destroyed by flash floods that surged out of northern highlands.

According to the authorities, 15 percent of the country’s 220 million have been impacted by floods.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif went to visit the flood-affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PM Shehbaz, while speaking to the media in Swat’s Kanju region, told the people that the army and local government were working day and night to assist the afflicted areas.

President Dr. Arif Alvi also visited KP’s Nowshera district and met people sheltering in relief camps.

Dr. Alvi spoke at the event and asked the provincial government to speed up the rehabilitation of flood victims and house restoration.

In Charsadda, flood-related incidents resulted in five deaths and over 180 injuries.

According to the district administration’s initial report, the surging water also wrecked more than 120 water channels and washed away over 800 animals.

According to officials, flash floods also damaged the Kohistan Bridge and the Karakoram Highway on Wednesday, preventing heavy vehicles from passing and resulting in a shortage of wheat and petroleum products in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Meanwhile, the United States has announced $30 million in humanitarian aid to combat flood devastation.

This fund will be used by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) partners to give priority to aid for housing, food, nutrition, multipurpose cash, safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and multipurpose financial assistance that is urgently needed.



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