Sunday Aug 25, 201303:33 PM GMT
Floods affect nearly one million across Pakistan
Pakistani villagers move to safer ground in Kala Shah Kako near Lahore, Pakistan, on August 18, 2013.
Pakistani villagers move to safer ground in Kala Shah Kako near Lahore, Pakistan, on August 18, 2013.
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Pakistani disaster management officials say flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains has affected nearly one million people and taken the lives of 139 others across the country during the last three weeks.

The floods have washed away roads and bridges, and large parts of the country are still under water.

"The rains affected 931,074 people, killed at least 139 and wounded 804 others," a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official said on condition of anonymity.

He said that the rains had lashed 3,826 villages and destroyed 13,262 houses all over the country.

The official further noted that around 243 relief camps have been set up to help people, mostly in the central province of Punjab, the southern province of Sindh and the southwestern province of Balochistan.

The NDMA says 47 of the dead are from Punjab province. Sindh province is the next hardest hit with 34 people killed.

Many villagers are reluctant to move, and say they will stay in the flood-affected areas as long as they possibly can.

“We don’t have enough tents. We have left everything behind. There isn’t enough food to go around. We need help,” a woman at one of the relief camps near the city of Multan said.

The Pakistani government says it is doing all it can to help the flood survivors.

Monsoon season generally starts in the late summer in Pakistan and is marked by heavy rains that often lead to widespread flooding of rivers and streams.

Pakistan suffered its worst monsoon floods in 2010, when 21 million people were affected and almost 1,800 lives lost.

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