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Pakistanis still suffering from floods

08-22-2010 11:49 BJT

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Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been evacuated from their homes as floodwaters washed more towns and villages in the southern part of the country. A power plant in eastern Punjab province was also submerged, cutting electricity to a large area.

About 150-thousand Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground on Saturday as floodwaters from the Indus River submerged dozens more towns and villages in the south.

Already, 600,000 people are in relief camps set up in Sindh province during the flooding over the past month.

Ghulam Abbas, one resident said "It is better we die instead of becoming homeless. Now we are living in misery, everything has washed away."
The same day, in the eastern city of Mahmood Kot, an important power plant providing power to a large area was under water.

Officials expect the floodwaters to recede nationwide in the next few days.

The floods began in late July in the northwest of the country after exceptionally heavy monsoon rains.

The floods have affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory.

At least 6 million people have been made homeless and 20 million affected overall.

The economic cost is expected to run into billions of dollars.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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