Deaths in Pakistan floods hit areas surpass 1,600
By Mashal Khan
ISLAMABAD: Another 10 including four children lost lives in Pakistan flood-hit areas, bringing to the total casualties to 1,606, officials said on Saturday.
The destructive flood took the lives of 579 children, 325 women, and 702 men since mid-June, according to the country's National Disaster Management Authority’s latest data.
So far 805,003 houses have been completely destroyed while 1.21 million houses are partially damaged across the South Asian country.
The flood also caused huge inflation in the country as the prices of commodities went up.
Vegetable prices increased by many folds while 20kg wheat reached to Rs 2,400 [$10] from earlier Rs 1,200 [$5].
On Friday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the international community to help his country as the destruction is beyond their control.
The UN already warned that 16 million children have been impacted by the flood and at least 3.4 million children need immediate lifesaving support.
The destructive floods affected over 33 million of people in 84 districts across the country and thousands of them are living in tents.
Currently, one-third of the country is under water as the massive rains and melting glaciers have caused the country’s main Indus River to overflow, inundating vast swaths of plains, and farms.
Destructive rains and floods have also washed away 13,074 kilometers of roads, 392 bridges and buildings across the South Asian nuclear country, which is already grappling with political and economic turmoil.