Up to 2.5 million affected by Pakistan floods: Red Cross

The international Red Cross said today that up to 2.5 million people across Pakistan have been affected by heavy flooding brought on by torrential monsoon rains.

Geneva: "According to official sources, flooding caused by
torrential monsoon rains has killed more than 1,100 people in
Pakistan and affected up to 2.5 million people across the
country in the past week," the International Committee of the
Red Cross said.

"In the worst-affected areas, entire villages were washed
away without warning by walls of flood water," it said in a
statement, noting that thousands of people "have lost

The relief agency said damage assessments show that the
worst-hit areas include parts of the northwestern province
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the northern
and southern parts of neighbouring Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA).

Besides these two provinces, Baluchistan province in the
south, the eastern part of Punjab and the northern areas of
Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have also
been hit hard, added the ICRC.

Up to 100,000 households need help, said the agency.


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