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Pakistan floods affect 13 million

08-08-2010 08:22 BJT

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Flood victims across Pakistan have endured another day in ruined homes or makeshift camps. This has been the country's worst flooding in decades. The flood has left millions displaced and more than 1,500 people dead.

Pakistani officials estimate as many as 13 million people have been affected by the rising waters.

The intense flooding that began almost two weeks ago has washed away roads, bridges and many communications lines, hampering rescue efforts.

Pakistani Army spokesman Mohammad Farroq said, "The water level is increasing in some areas. People are stranded without food, but it's difficult to rescue them. Lots of areas can't be accessed by boat. We resumed helicopter operations again. So far we have rescued 150 people."

Helicopter rescue operations were suspended two days ago because of incessant monsoon rains.

Now, aircraft are being used again to drop relief supplies to clamoring villagers and airlift families to safety.

Flood victim Nazeer Ahmed said, "We've been stranded in our factory for the past two days. Today, we were rescued by soldiers. There was no other way out."

The Pakistani Prime Minister has appealed for immediate international help after visiting the flooded areas.

He described the loss of human life and infrastructure as colossal.

Pakistan PM Yusaf Raza Gilani 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."

China, the US and the United Nations were among the first to provide emergency humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

On Wednesday, China delivered 10 million yuan worth of relief goods to Pakistan, including water purifiers, tents, generators and medicines.

Floods in Pakistan's southern Sindh province have begun to affect the people living in and around the riverbed as a minister said the rescue agencies have evacuated 200,000 people already -- less than half of the people estimated to be affected in this part of the country. 36(AFPTV) 
Floods in Pakistan's southern Sindh province have begun to affect
the people living in and around the riverbed as a minister said the
rescue agencies have evacuated 200,000 people already -- less than 
half of the people estimated to be affected in this part of the
country. 36(AFPTV)

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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