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More people evacuated in Pakistan

08-11-2010 14:05 BJT

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Pakistan is continuing to evacuate towns and villages as the worst floods in the country's history spread to more areas. The floods first struck in the north and are now spreading south.

They have so far killed more than 16-hundred people, and are affecting 14 million others. The United Nations says hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed to address the urgent humanitarian needs.

Thousands of people fled the major city of Muzaffargarh in Punjab province Tuesday as authorities warned that swollen rivers could soon submerge the area. The normally bustling city was largely deserted.

Mohamamd Tariq, Flood Victim, said, "I came from a railway station near to Mehmood Kot. My house and all my wheat have been swept away. I have only the clothes that I am wearing. I don't have anything to eat. I have been living in Muzaffargarh temporarily, but now I hear that floodwater is coming here, so now I am migrating to Rawalpindi."

In the Southern Sindh province, some villages near Sukkur were completely submerged and residents had to swim through the floodwater to transfer their remaining belongings.

Rescue work has been hampered by ongoing monsoon rains, which have washed away roads and bridges and made it impossible for helicopters to fly at certain times.

The UN says financial aid is desperately needed.

Jean-Maurice Ripert, UN Special Representative, said, "While the situation is still evolving and we only have rough figures of the destruction and unfolding needs, we know that the area affected and the scale of the disaster is such that hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed to address the urgent humanitarian needs, and billions of dollars will be required for the rehabilitation and the reconstruction of infrastructure and livelihoods."

China, the US and other countries have already donated millions of dollars worth of aid. However, frustrated victims are still complaining about that it is slow in reaching them.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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