Flood waters cover as much as a third of Pakistan following record monsoon rains and glacier melts, with the death toll put at 1343.
Pakistan floods death toll at 1343
Parts of Pakistan seem “like a sea”, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says, after visiting some of the flood-hit areas that cover as much as a third of the South Asian nation, where 18 more deaths took the toll from days of rain to 1343.
As many as 33 million of a population of 220 million have been affected in a disaster blamed on climate change that has left hundreds of thousands homeless and caused losses of at least $US10 billion ($A14.8 billion), officials estimate.
“You wouldn’t believe the scale of destruction there,” Sharif told media after a visit to the southern province of Sindh. “It is water everywhere as far as you could see. It is just like a sea.”
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The government, which has boosted cash handouts for flood victims, will buy 200,000 tents to house displaced families, he added.