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‘Saddened’ Modi expresses condolences over flood devastation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed sorrow over the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan and offered “heartfelt condolences” to the victims and their families. “Saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan,” Modi wrote on his official Twitter handle on Monday. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the injured and all those affected by this natural calamity and hope for an early restoration of normalcy,” he added. At least 1,061 people have died since June when the seasonal rains began, but the final toll could be higher as hundreds of villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been cut off by flood-swollen rivers washing away roads and bridges. Officials said this year’s flooding has affected more than 33 million people – one in seven Pakistanis – destroying or badly damaging nearly a million homes. Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman called it “the monster monsoon of the decade”. This year’s floods are comparable to 2010 – the worst on record – when more than 2,000 people died and nearly a fifth of the country was under water.



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