1,294 dead in Pakistan's worst floods: official

19:35, August 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

People push vehicles through the waterlogged street in northwest Pakistan's Risalpur on August 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

At least 1,294 persons have been confirmed dead and 1,366 injured so far in Pakistan's worst-ever floods in 80 years, the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) said in a report on Thursday.

Alamgir Khan, Chief Engineer of FFC, said that the report was compiled with the help of survey by the respective provincial authorities.

The FFC reports are considered as the most reliable, though bit slow in compilation.

Earlier media reports suggested that over 1,600 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured due to the floods, hitting different parts of all provinces of the country.

The government report also said that at least 3.6 million people have been homeless.

The figures of affected people are being estimated differently by every department. Pakistan's federal minister for information Qamaruz Zaman Kaira told media that minimum 12 million people had been affected while the United Nations considered it more than 15 million.

According to the flood commission report, as many as 415,862 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged.

The commission said that at least 90,618 houses have been destroyed or damaged in Punjab province, 172,110 houses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 19,619 in Balochistan, 1,432 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 2,336 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 122,798 in Sindh and 6,357 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir so far.

Minimum 2,250,409 acres of cropped and 2,698,041 acres areas have also been affected due to floods and rains, the report said.

The floods also affected 4,885 villages in various parts including 1,527 in Punjab, 581 in KP, 2,584 in Balochistan and 193 in GB, the minister said.

"These figures may rose many folds as the survey department is conducting surveying among difficult conditions in the areas," he said.

At least 208 big relief camps have also been established in all the flood-hit areas to provide prompt relief to the affected people.

The United Nations aid agencies and their partners Wednesday asked for about 460 million U.S. dollars to help millions of flood- hit Pakistanis.

"We have a huge task in front of us to deliver all that is required as soon as possible," said John Holmes, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"The death toll has so far been relatively low compared to other major natural disasters, but the numbers of affected are extraordinarily high. If we don't act fast enough, many more people could die of diseases and food shortages," added Mr Holmes.

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one hundred percent crop losses have been recorded in many areas and tens of thousands of animals have died. Wheat, gram, lentil, tobacco, rapeseed, barley, cottons and mustard are crops are washed away in thousands of acres in the country.

The basic infrastructure including roads, railway lines, bridges, electricity and communication system, health centers have been completely damaged in the flooded areas which are increasing the miseries of the people.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Staff members watch a screen showing the blast-off of the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
Hot Forum Discussion