937 killed in Pakistan flood; National emergency declared

The Pakistan government has declared a national emergency after flood killed 937 people, including 343 children, and left about three crore without shelter.

Calling the incessant monsoon rains a ‘climate-inducted humanitarian crisis of epic proportions”, the Pakistan government officially declared it on Thursday.

As per the latest data compiled by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Sindh reported the highest number of deaths as 306 people lost their lives from June 14 to date. Balochistan reported 234 deaths whereas Khyber Pakh¬tun¬khwa and Punjab Province recorded 185 and 165 deaths, respectively. In Kash¬mir, 37 people were killed while nine deaths were repor¬ted in the Gilgit-Baltistan reg¬ion during the current monsoon rains. In the same period Islamabad reported one death.

Consequently, the abnormal increase in rainfall generated flash floods across the country, particularly in the southern part of Pakistan, which remains inundated at the moment with 23 districts of Sindh being declared “calamity-hit”.

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