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Flood Devastated Tribal Areas And Parts Of Pakistan

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Thousands of people have been killed as heavy flash flood has played havoc in tribal areas and parts of Pakistan. According to the elders of the areas, this flood is unprecedented in the history of this region. There are reports of deaths and destruction. People of this region has experienced great suffering as war on terror has been fought in this region.

Government of Pakistan has failed to provide timely help to the residents. People were seen crying for help, but no one has given response to their cries.

According to newspaper reports, the death toll from the country's worst floods in living memory topped
1,400 on Sunday, as outbreak of water-borne disease emerged and
penniless survivors sought refuge from the raging torrents.

"The
floods have killed more than 1,100 people in different parts of
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and affected over 1.5 million," Mian Iftikhar
Hussain, Information Minister for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told AFP.

"This
is the worst flood in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the
country's history," said the minister. "At least 713 people died in
Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda while the death toll in Shangla and
Swat districts is over 300," he added.

A senior official at the
provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed the toll.
Massive devastation has been reported in Swat and Shangla, where link
bridges and thousands of houses were washed away.

Eleven members
of the same family were killed when the roof of their houses collapsed
in Kabal area of Dardial. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been the worst hit
in the recent flooding, as 90 highways were damaged, 58 big
thoroughfares were closed for traffic, while 104 people are still
unaccounted for.

Hundreds of survivors sought shelter in schools
in Peshawar and in Muzaffarabad after escaping the floods with children
on their backs. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has waived all provincial
taxes, the Punjab lifted agricultural tax and Balochistan announced to
write off all agri-loans, private news channel reported on Sunday.

According to a statement issued by the United Nations, aid workers are having difficulties
accessing Pakistan's flood-hit zones, as key bridges and roads have been
destroyed or washed away by monsoon rains.

The "main issue is
accessibility to the area due to destruction of roads and bridges," said
a team of five UN officials who travelled to assess the situation in
the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday.

The
group led by the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Magwanja had to
fly in through helicopter to Nowshera and Charsadda as there was "no
road accessibility to the districts." They also had to drop a planned
visit to Swat and Shangla districts as weather conditions there were too
adverse.

An estimated 1.5 million people have been affected by
Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years brought on by monsoon rains, which
killed more than 1,200 people across the northwest.
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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
 

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