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Pakistan. 100,000 people fled flooding in Punjab

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About 100,000 people have been evacuated from flooded villages in East Pakistan. Rescue operations are underway. At least 175 people have died in the country since the end of June due to monsoon rains, the AFP news agency reported.

Several hundred villages in Punjab were flooded and thousands of hectares of agricultural land, in particular plantations, were destroyed.

Authorities said the flooding was caused by India diverting several thousand cubic meters of water into a river that flows through the two countries on Sunday. Punjab Prime Minister Mohsin Naqvi said, “The monsoon rains forced the Indian authorities to release excess water from reservoirs into the Satlej River, which caused flooding downstream on the Pakistani side of the border.”

100,000 evacuees

“We have rescued 100,000 people and moved them to safer places,” Farooq Ahmad, spokesman for Punjab emergency services, told AFP on Wednesday.

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In Punjab, access to hundreds of villages is impossible. Rescue operations are still underway in the flooded areas.

Evacuation due to flooding in eastern PunjabPAP/EPA/FAISAL KAREEM

Evacuation due to flooding in eastern PunjabPAP/EPA/FAISAL KAREEM

Flooding could worsen over the next few days as more intense monsoon rains are predicted in the region, provincial authorities have warned.

Evacuation due to flooding in eastern PunjabPAP/EPA/FAISAL KAREEM

At least 175 people have died since the end of June

At least 175 people have died in Pakistan after floods, building collapses, landslides and other disasters caused by monsoon rains since late June, AFP reported. Pakistan is still trying to recover from the devastating floods that affected nearly a third of the country in 2022. Nearly 33 million people were injured and over 1,700 died.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/FAISAL KAREEM



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