Pakistan to cope with flood challenge: PM

11:08, August 15, 2010      

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Flood victims wade through waist deep waters with their livestock in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday expressed the resolve that the resilient Pakistani nation was strong enough to cope with any challenge and would rehabilitate the millions uprooted by the devastating floods.

Addressing the nation on the country's Independence Day, the prime minister said that the people of Pakistan are determined to convert all challenges into opportunities and said all resources have been mobilized to bring relief to around 20 million affected people across the country.

He said that the worst ever floods in country's history have killed 1,384 people and injured 1,630 others and according to initial estimates damaged over 0.7 million homes. However, the government was able to rescue over 0.4 million stranded people.

Prime Minister Gilani addressing the international community said Pakistan's economy had already suffered colossal losses due to relentless war against terrorism.

While the unprecedented torrential rains and devastating flood have destroyed crops and food storages, washed away bridges, roads, communication and energy networks, causing losses running in billions of dollars.

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