Death toll from Pakistan floods passes 1,200 as more rain forecast | World News
The death toll from floods in Pakistan has passed 1,200 – with more rain forecast in the next few days.
Floods affected more than 33 million peopleor one in seven Pakistanis.
Aid has been poured into the country and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is visiting flooded areas to oversee rescue and relief operations.
More rain is forecast across the country over the next few days, including in the capital, Islamabad, which risks exacerbating the situation.
Health officials are reporting outbreaks of water-borne diseases in flood-affected areas as authorities ramp up efforts to provide clean water to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced during the flood. disaster.
Diarrhea, skin diseases and eye infections are widespread in the relief camps set up by the government.
Pakistan blame climate change for unusually large and early monsoon rainshas caused flash floods since June.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in the northern mountains have led to flooding that has killed at least 1,208 people, including 416 children em.
Meanwhile, military-backed rescue forces are continuing to operate to bring those with burns to safer places.
Rescuers are mainly using boats, but helicopters are also flying to evacuate people trapped from areas where bridges and roads have been destroyed.
Pakistan and the United Nations have launched an urgent appeal for £138 million in funding.