Pakistan flood toll reaches 1,300; govt criticised

Residents of Pak`s northwest have criticised govt`s response to flooding.

Zeenews Bureau

Islamabad: Floods triggered by torrential rain have claimed about 1,300 lives in Pakistan so far, while over one million people have been affected across the country, officials said on Sunday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been the worst hit in the floods, with over 500 houses washed away by floodwaters. Over 90 highways were damaged and many big thoroughfares in the province have been closed for traffic, Geo News reported.

At least 104 people in the province were still missing.

The UN has said rains and floods affected over one million people in the country.

Over 300 houses and many link bridges were washed away in Swat and Shangla regions. Eleven members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed in Kabal area.

There was similar devastation, triggered by heavy downpour, in Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, where 494 people were killed, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government has waived off all provincial taxes, while the Punjab government has lifted agricultural tax and the Balochistan government announced to write off all agri-loans.

Govt criticised

Residents of Pakistan`s northwest have criticised the government`s response to devastating flooding that has killed more than 1,300 people.

Hakimullah Khan, a resident of Charsadda town, said on Sunday that he hasn`t received any help in tracking down his missing wife and three children.

Sehar Ali Shah, who returned to a house filled with water in Nowshera city, complained the government didn`t provide evacuees a shelter where they could stay until flood waters recede.

The government has deployed more than 30,000 Army troops to help with the rescue and relief effort. Authorities had evacuated 19,000 trapped people by Saturday night.

(With Agencies’ inputs)

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