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Monday, August 15, 2011

NATURAL CALAMITY: Over two lakh people affected by floods in Pak!

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Press Trust Of India / / Posted on Aug 15, 2011 at 08:04pm IST.

Karachi: Over 2 lakh people have been affected and displaced by a fresh wave of floods that has hit parts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Monday.

The heavy floods that swept away hundreds of villages and damaged rice crops have stirred memories of the flood disaster that hit Sindh last year.

The NDMA said that over 2 lakh people have been affected in flood-hit areas of interior Sindh.

The NDMA confirmed during a briefing to Prime Minister Yousuf Raja Gilani who visited the flood affected areas.

Heavy rains with thunderstorms have lashed many parts of the country since Saturday night, causing untold misery in the rural areas of Sindh.

NDMA said hundreds of villages have been flooded in Badin after a breach in a major salinity drain widened further to 200 feet.

Villages and crops have been flooded in Pangrio while a grid station has also been inundated.
A large number of people have been marooned at dry spots in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and Mirpur Khas after being surrounded by flood waters.

The NDMA told Gilani that thousands of people have been rescued by the Pakistan Army and Navy.

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