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Floods continue to ravage Pakistan

08-07-2010 14:17 BJT

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Stormy weather has grounded helicopters carrying emergency supplies to Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest. The country's Prime Minister is appealing to other countries for aid.

The devastating deluge in Pakistan has killed at least 16-hundred people. The National Disaster Management Authority says 12 million people have been affected, and 650-thousand houses destroyed, in the disaster.

US military personnel waiting to fly Chinook helicopters to stranded communities in the upper reaches of the hard-hit Swat Valley have been frustrated by the storms.

All helicopters currently stationed in the northwest remain grounded because of poor weather.

Some 30-thousand Pakistani soldiers are rebuilding bridges, delivering food, and setting up relief camps in the northwest.

The international community has donated millions of US dollars in aid.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is appealing for more help from around the world.

Yusuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Prime Minister, said, "At this time of crisis, I would like to appeal to the international community to support Pakistan to help alleviate the suffering of the flood affected people. Let me, at the same time, appreciate the quick response by some members of the international community, who have immediately rushed goods, and provided other support. I would take this opportunity to appeal to overseas Pakistanis to extend support to the people of their homeland in coping with their losses and suffering."

The government has come under criticism for not doing enough, especially since President Asif Ali Zardari chose to go ahead with a previously scheduled trip to Europe at the height of the crisis.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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