Thousands rescued as floods hit south
ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan's disaster management agency said yesterday it had evacuated thousands of people stranded in parts of the country's south after it was hit by floods, as the military air-dropped rations and civil authorities sent truckloads of supplies to the regions where waters were receding after wreaking havoc.
"Rescue crews are working round the clock to rescue people and ensure the provision of food and other supplies to flood-affected persons even in the remote villages," said Ahmad Kamal, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
He said the floods entered southern Sindh province Wednesday, making thousands of people homeless.
"The flood water has receded in various parts of Pakistan, and experts from the government are assessing damages," he said.
Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a series of visits to flooded areas, promised that his government would rebuild homes, while damaged roads and other infrastructure would be restored by utilising all resources. So far, Pakistan has not issued any international appeal for the flood victims.
Heavy monsoon floods, which began on September 3 in Kashmir, have so far killed 523 people and affected two million in Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir.
Of those, 200 died in the India-controlled part of the Himalayan region, 64 in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, as many as 246 people perished across Pakistan. Another 13 were killed in the northern Gilgit and Baltistan province.