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Pakistan flooding deaths pass 1,000 in 'climate catastrophe'


August 29, 2022

Mohammad Sajjad, Associated Press

A displaced family taking refuge on a roadside after fleeing their flood-hit home poses for a photo on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. Army troops are being deployed in Pakistan's flood affected area for urgent rescue and relief work as flash floods triggered after heavy monsoon rains across most part of the country lashed many districts in all four provinces.

ISLAMABAD - Deaths from widespread flooding in Pakistan topped 1,000 since mid-June, officials said Sunday, as the country's climate minister called the deadly monsoon season "a serious climate catastrophe."

Flash flooding from the heavy rains has washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers evacuated stranded residents to the safety of relief camps and provided food to thousands of displaced Pakistanis.

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority reported the death toll since the monsoon season began earlier than normal this year - in mid- June - reached 1,061 people after new fatalities were reported across different provinces.


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