Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heavy rains, floods kill 233, affect 5.5 million in Pakistan - 15th Sept 2011

Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 233 people in Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Wednesday, as a weather forecast calls for more rain over deluged parts of the country.

Seven people have died in the past 24 hours, said Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority.

At least 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding since August, said Zafar Iqbal Qadir, chairman of the disaster authority.

Kristen Elsby, spokeswoman for the United Nations children's fund, or UNICEF, said 2.7 million children are among the affected. She said half of the 300,000 people in camps are children.

The flooding has inundated more than 4.5 million acres and damaged an estimated 80% of cash crops in Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan. At least 1.19 million homes have been damaged, the authority said.

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