KARACHI: Monsoon rains have killed over 100 people in a month and destroyed crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country, provincial government officials said on Monday.
Some 2.2 million people have been affected and 300,000 displaced, said Sajjad Haider Shah, an official at the disaster management authority in Sindh.
He said that most of the victims were killed as a result of falling roofs, drowning in flood waters and water-borne diseases. “Since August 11, when the first spell of rains started, 46 people were killed while 90 more have died since August 27,” said Shah. “The victims include women and children whose details are being gathered,” he added.
Two senior Sindh government officials confirmed that more than 100 people had died as a result of the rains. The first spell of rain mainly affected seven southern districts of the province, while an ongoing second spell has hit the entire province, except its capital Karachi, said Shah.
Last year, the worst floods in Pakistan’s history affected 21 million people and killed an estimated 1,750.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2011.