Floods Devastate Pakistan

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Severe floods are devastating northwest Pakistan, affecting more than 500,000 people.
Monsoon rains unleashing huge floods have killed at least 400 people and submerged homes and businesses.

[Tariq Sheikh, Nowshera Resident]:
"There was an entire market here. I had a storage area in the market, consisting of three rooms. There were goods worth 300,000 rupees (approx 3,530 U.S. dollars) in there. All that is gone now. No one has come here to inquire about our well-being, no official, no political person. We are having drinking water problems; food is short."

An official with the Pakistani army says the damage could be worse than reported.

[Major General Athar Abbas, Pakistan Army Spokesperson]:
"A total of over 19,000 people [were] rescued from marooned areas. It's a very huge number. But as I said the level of devastation is so widespread, so large that it is quite possible that in many areas there are damages, there are deaths which have not been reported.”

The Pakistani military is leading rescue and relief actives, sending in 30,000 troops as well as tonnes of food, water and medicine.

But lack of access has hampered relief efforts. People have to wade through flood waters to reach dry land.

Meteorologists expect more rain to arrive in the coming days, and the flooding to spread south.

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