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Pakistan declares emergency after floods

Islamabad, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan officially declared a national emergency as a result of the floods in the country that caused more than 950 deaths, while millions of people were left stranded, the Pakistan Observer newspaper reported.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a report on the loss of life, property and infrastructure caused by the heavy rains that hit several provinces.

According to NDMA data, the Sindh province reported the highest number of deaths, as 306 people lost their lives due to flooding and rain-related incidents from June 14th to date.

234 deaths were reported in Baluchistan, while 185 and 165 fatalities were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, respectively. Thirty-seven people died in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and another nine died as a result of monsoon rains in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. In the same period, Islamabad reported one death.

Federal Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman called the situation a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.”

Rehman said that an average of 166 millimeters of rainfall fell in the country in August, which is 241 percent above normal, while southern provinces, particularly Sindh, received 784 percent more than the average season rainfalls.

In a separate statement, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb also called the flooding situation a national emergency.


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