Pakistan Floods Affect Millions

Millions of people in Pakistan have been forced from their homes by a tide of floodwater after five days of heavy monsoon rains.

The authorities said the country is once again on the brink of a national “calamity” and that the flooding is comparable to a similar disaster in 2010 .

In flooding last year, 2,000 people were killed and 11 million lost their homes.

The worst affected area is Sindh in the south of Pakistan .

Provincial chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said more than five million people have been made homeless and thousands of villages have been swallowed up by the rising waters.

It is now a desperate time for the displaced as they struggle to find higher ground to build shelter and stay safe.

According to a recent UN report, the floods last year were the worst in history and the total losses exceeded those of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Even after the waters recede, it is thought the crisis could continue – as many of this year’s crops have been wiped away.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said at least 132 people have been killed – but that number was expected to rise.

The threat from waterborne diseases like typhoid is growing everyday.

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