Rain toll rises to 58; 66,000 affected
06 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Monsoon rain and floods have killed at least 58 people across the country and affected tens of thousands of others, officials said on Monday, warning of more rain to come.
"At least 58 people have died, more than 30 others were injured and 66,000 were affected by rain and flooding in Pakistan since July 31," Brigadier Mirza Kamran Zia, operations chief of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), told reporters.
Zia said floods were receding and people were returning to their homes, but he warned that more rain than usual was expected this month and next. NDMA chief Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem said the recurring flooding was the result of global climate change.
"Unexpected rains are global climatic change phenomena, but we can prepare and plan ahead to mitigate the disaster," Aleem said. "We are worried about central Pakistan this year, where more rain and flooding from hill torrents is expected," Aleem said. Flash floods following monsoon rain paralysed parts of Karachi at the weekend.
Authorities in the city of 18 million people said it would take more than two days to clear up after the water flooded markets, buildings and houses and blocked roads. Hundreds of cars were half-submerged after poor sewerage and drainage systems became blocked due to garbage. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, homes were swept away.