The death toll from monsoon flooding in Pakistan since June has reached 1,033, according to figures released Sunday by the country’s National Disaster Management Authority. It said 119 people had died in the previous 24 hours, as heavy rains that started from June have affected more than 33 million people continue to lash parts of the country.
More than four million people have been affected by the rising waters, the government said, as thousands continue to evacuate by order on Saturday from Pakistan’s northern areas.
An official from Sindh, a province located in the southeastern region of the country, indicated the flooding is even worse than it was in 2010, which was considered one of the most severe flooding in the history of Pakistan. The 2010 floods killed at least 1,700 across Pakistan, most of them were from Sindh.
On Wednesday, China announced that the emergency humanitarian aid, including 25,000 tents and relief materials, was being dispatched forthwith while 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets and 50,000 pieces of waterproof canvas, which have been delivered to the front lines of disaster relief in Pakistan. The new aids are expected to arrive before August 30.
China will continue to promote bilateral cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation and against climate change. It is believed that under the leadership of the Pakistani government and with the joint assistance of the international community, the people in the disaster-hit areas will overcome the difficulties and life and work will go back to normal at an early date, noted by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson. – Xinhua