Death Toll from Pakistan Floods Reaches 1,290 People

Death Toll from Pakistan Floods Reaches 1,290 People (photo: Liputan 6)

Islamabad, MINA – With 26 more deaths over the past 24 hours, the death toll from the raging floods in Pakistan has reached 1,290, the country’s national disaster agency said on Saturday as quoted by Anadolu Agency.

Of the latest fatalities, most of the deaths, 22, have been reported from the southern province of Sindh, where a fresh spell of floods has inundated more land in the central districts over the past 48 hours, pushing the overall tally in the province to 492 since mid-June.

Another four people were killed in separate flood-related mishaps in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and southwestern Balochistan provinces, which have also been hit hard by the swirling floods caused by torrential rains.

Since June 14, a total of 286 people have died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, followed by 259 fatalities in Balochistan, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Some 188 people have died in the northeastern Punjab province, the authority said.

The local administration has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Jamshoro district of Sindh as water levels in Manchhar Lake, Asia’s one of largest lakes, have reached alarming levels.

Authorities warned that the lake may burst its banks at any time from at least two areas.

Many people who are already marooned are now bracing for the peak of high flood at the Kotri barrage, located some 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) from Karachi on Saturday before the flow is released for the Indus Delta downstream.

Footage aired on local broadcaster Geo News showed hundreds of desperate people, including in the towns of Khairpur Nathan Shah, Johi, and Shadadkot in central Sindh, placing sand and sand-packed bags in an attempt to consolidate embankments against the gushing floodwaters.

Floods caused by unprecedented rains have inundated a third of the country, prompting the government to issue an international appeal.

Pakistan has already received 12 planes from Türkiye, carrying tents, rations, medicine, kitchen items, baby food, and other relief supplies.

Türkiye, which sent a ministerial delegation to Islamabad on Friday to express its solidarity with Pakistan, also delivered two trains full of relief supplies to the flood-ravaged country. The country will send another train from Istanbul in the coming days.

Constant rains and raging floods have already destroyed a large chunk of the country’s infrastructure and agricultural lands, including tens of thousands of houses, roads, and bridges, as well as washing away over a million animals.

Almost 45 percent of the country’s cropland has already been inundated by the floods, posing a serious threat to food security and further adding to the already skyrocketing inflation. (T/RE1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)