Karachi: Over 2 lakh people have been
affected and displaced by a fresh wave of floods that has hit
parts of Pakistan`s southern Sindh province, the National
Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Monday.
The heavy floods that swept away hundreds of villages and
damaged rice crops have stirred memories of the flood disaster
that hit Sindh last year.
The NDMA said that over 2 lalh people have been affected
in flood-hit areas of interior Sindh.
The NDMA confirmed this during a briefing to Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who visited the flood affected
Heavy rains with thunderstorms have lashed many parts of
the country since Saturday night, causing untold misery in the
rural areas of Sindh.
NDMA said hundreds of villages have been flooded in Badin
after a breach in a major salinity drain widened further to
Villages and crops have been flooded in Pangrio while a
grid station has also been inundated.
A large number of people have been marooned at dry spots
in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and Mirpur Khas after being
surrounded by flood waters.
The NDMA told Gilani that thousands of people have been
rescued by the Pakistan Army and Navy.
The Prime Minister announced that the agriculture bank
will provide interest-free loans to the flood victims of Tando
Muhammad Khan and Badin.
He said Watan Cards and 15,000 tents will be provided for
the people displaced by the floods.
Last year, floods had displaced lakhs of people in
Pakistan in one of the worst natural disater in the country.