Monday, September 12, 2011

141 dead, 4 million homeless in Pakistan floods

ISLAMABAD: At least 141 people have died and four million have been left homeless in floods that have hit southern Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

In a TV address on Saturday night, Gilani said the scale of destruction caused by the rains in Sindh province was much higher than the initial estimates, and called for the international community's support to the flood-affected people, Xinhua reported Sunday.

He said the recent rains in Sindh were 142 per cent above average in the region.

A total of 21 districts have been affected, 4.1 million acres of land inundated and standing crops on more than 1.7 million acres of agriculture land were damaged.

Gilani said 4,000 camps have been set up, where 150,000 out of the four million flood-affected people have been accommodated.

The government has arranged 100,000 more tents, while arrangements are being made to distribute 100,000 family ration bags on a daily basis, the PM said.

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