13 MILLION People Have Been Forced from Their Homes by Pakistan Floods. and More Rain Is on the Way; AID PLEA FOR VICTIMS OF MONSOON DISASTER

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13 MILLION People Have Been Forced from Their Homes by Pakistan Floods. and More Rain Is on the Way; AID PLEA FOR VICTIMS OF MONSOON DISASTER


Byline: MARK AITKEN

MORE than 13million people have now been hit by the Pakistan monsoon disaster.

And weather experts have warned even more are at risk from further heavy rain.

The worst floods in Pakistan's history have left more than 1600 people dead, more than 200 missing and millions homeless.

It's feared up to 13million are without food or shelter and 650,000 homes are under water, damaged or destroyed.

The flooding that began about two weeks ago has washed away entire villages, roads, bridges and communications lines, hampering rescue efforts.

Monsoon rains have grounded helicopters - including six choppers manned by US troops on loan from Afghanistan - trying to rescue people and bring in aid.

Experts warned heavy rains in Afghanistan were expected to make things even worse over the next 36 hours as the bloated Kabul River surged into Pakistan's stricken north west region.

Officially, the United Nations say four million people have been affected - 1.5million of them severely.

But Pakistani officials have put the figure much higher.

In the north west and Punjab, the floods have displaced 12million people, according to Amal Masud of the National Disaster Management Authority. And Jam Saifullah, the irrigation minister in the Sindh province, said about one million people are being evacuated in the area.

Some, however, refused to leave their lands, crops and homes. …

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