Pakistan’s Flood Misery Continues
The worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years has killed more than 1,600 people and affected an unbelievable 12 million people. But there may be more misery to come as the country braces for yet more monsoon rains.
Meantime, anger is running high at a slow government response as food and relief supplies run low and health experts warn that the conditions are ripe for the spread of disease. –JCL
WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
About 12 million people have now been affected by Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years, disaster officials have said, raising previous estimates by three times.
Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, said that the figure only applied to the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and central Punjab provinces, with figures from the southern Sindh province not yet available.
Previous estimates had said that four million Pakistanis have been affected, a reflection of the rapidly growing scale of the disaster.
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