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Death toll climbs to 274 in Pakistan floods

Islamabad: At least 274 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.The rains lashed vast areas of the country last

PTI PTI Updated on: September 13, 2014 14:48 IST
death toll climbs to 274 in pakistan floods
death toll climbs to 274 in pakistan floods

Islamabad: At least 274 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.

The rains lashed vast areas of the country last week and since have stopped but the floods triggered by the heavy showers are still out of control.

Reema Zubari of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said in a statement that 194 people have been killed in Punjab, 66 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and another 14 in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Over 2 million, majority of them in Punjab, were also affected by the floods. The Chenab river is in high flood and raging down from central to south Punjab, leaving a trail of devastation.

The city of Multan has been saved after officials created several breaches in the protective embankments to divert the floods.

After Punjab, the flood is expected to hit southern province of Sindh by the weekend before going down into the Arabian Sea.

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