Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Pakistan flood misery mounts

Al Jazeera, August 3, 2010


Many have lost their homes and livelihoods in the country’s northwest [AFP]

The worst floods in memory in Pakistan have affected more than three million people so far and the death toll has climbed to over 1,500, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) has said.

Amid forecasts of more heavy monsoon rains, authorities on Tuesday said they expected the death toll to rise further.

The Swat valley, which has yet to recover from a major Pakistani army offensive against Taliban fighters just over a year ago, is one of the areas worst affected by the floods.

Large parts of the valley’s upper regions, reached by a riverside road, are inaccessible. Scores of bridges, roads and building have been washed away by the torrents.

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