Nearly 1,000 dead after summer of monsoon-induced flash floods in Pakistan

Monsoon-triggered flash floods across Pakistan have killed 982 people since mid-June, according to ABC News. Heavy rains have injured 1,456 people and displaced thousands more, with Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif on Friday appealing for help from the international community.

The government declared a state of emergency as first responders struggled to evacuate citizens from now inaccessible parts of the country, according to The Guardian. The provinces of Balochistan and Sind are the most affected, with the national death toll rising to 45 since Friday.

Pakistan’s monsoon season has arrived earlier than expected this year, with images on social media showing submerged roads, hotels and bridges. Provinces like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where flooding destroyed the gates of a vital water control system, are in dire straits.

The Pakistani government has since deployed its army to help deal with the disaster.

“We anticipated the situation and warned and forced the reluctant residents to leave their homes for security reasons and move to relief camps established in government buildings in safe locations,” said Santa Safi, a senior administrator of the besieged district of Charsadda, to ABC News.

A man carries his sick daughter through the flood-damaged Swat Valley in the north.

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Safi added that the flooding of the Swat and Kabul rivers could increase. Nowshera district administrator Quratul Ain Wazir said the waters flooded the streets. The Kalam Valley, meanwhile, no longer has electricity, gas or communication networks.

“Our administration evacuated many people and took others to relief camps where the government provided beds and food in safe buildings,” Safi told ABC News. “We will use the police to force those who hesitate to leave their homes.”

Sharif’s plea for help led the United Nations to allocate $160 million for relief efforts which, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar, will be launched on August 30. are scared.”

For those in Balochistan, where all 34 districts have been affected and rescue was only possible by helicopter following the destruction of roads and bridges, help cannot come soon enough. In the eastern province of Punjab, a man named Rahim Hasan lost his home and his two children.

“I have nothing left in life”, he said, “my house was destroyed and my children swept away by the gushing water and now we lie helpless on this open road where the soldiers feed”.

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