Pakistan floods affect 1.5 million: officials

Published: August 25, 2013
Pakistani villagers wade through floodwaters on the outskirts of Multan on August 21, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani villagers wade through floodwaters on the outskirts of Multan on August 21, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Floods and heavy monsoon rains have now killed 178 people and affected 1.5 million across Pakistan in the last three weeks, disaster management officials said Sunday in updated figures.

“At least 178 people have died and 1,503,492 others affected by recent monsoon rains and floods across Pakistan,” a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official told AFP.

He said that the rains had wounded 855 people, affected 5,615 villages and destroyed 20,312 houses all over the country.

On Wednesday the figures stood at nearly one million people affected and 139 dead.

Nearly 350 relief camps have been set up to help people, mostly in the central province of Punjab, the southern province of Sindh and the southwestern province of Baluchistan, the official said.

Further heavy monsoon rains are expected in Pakistan next month, but the NDMA is fully prepared, he said.

Pakistan, which has suffered from monsoon floods for the last three years, has been criticised for not doing more to mitigate against the dangers posed by seasonal rains washing away homes and farmland.

Streets in all major cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad suffer intermittent flooding due to downpours, damaging roads and homes.

In 2010, the worst floods in the country’s history killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • M. Emad
    Aug 25, 2013 - 6:57PM

    FLOODY Pakistan !
    What a mismanagement wastege of water !
    India should build dam on all (Indus) common rivers.


  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 25, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Same old story ! Year after year and still those that govern simply will not act or implement !
    Its obvious that Lives of ordinary people, in Pakistan are not important or valued !


  • Usman786
    Aug 25, 2013 - 10:49PM

    @M. Emad:
    agreed let these poor people die, but donot build dam. they must be punished for choosing these leaders who just take pictures from helis. Atleast if they can not do anything, declare emergency and ask from INGOs and UN assistance. where is army this time, come fwd and play a role like 2010 and build relations with Sindhis, pathans, S Punjab etc


  • Dj
    Aug 25, 2013 - 11:33PM

    Nawaz should now retire


  • Naveen
    Aug 26, 2013 - 12:31AM

    An interesting thing that I’ve noticed is that in Summers they call it Pakistani water and in Monsoon time, they term it as Indian Water.


  • Bharat
    Aug 26, 2013 - 7:37AM


    Well blaming India is the easiest way to shift responsibility .If they build dams in Pakistan,how will the politicians earn the money

    In any case, i dont see anything changing .No hope for millions of people


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