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Pakistan govt declares national emergency in the country as 937 people died in flood

On Friday, Pakistan has declared a national emergency. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has termed the incessant monsoon rains as a humanitarian crisis. So far more than 937 people have died due to floods caused by incessant heavy rains in Pakistan.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, India’s neighboring country Pakistan has declared a national emergency. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has termed the incessant monsoon rains as a humanitarian crisis. So far more than 937 people have died due to floods caused by incessant heavy rains in Pakistan. According to the latest data compiled by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), since June 14, Sindh province has recorded the highest number of deaths due to floods and rain-related incidents at 306.

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Let us tell you that this year Pakistan has received 241 percent more rain. This year August has received 166.8 mm of rain as against the average of 48 mm. Climate Change Minister Sherry Rahman acknowledged that the incessant rains have made it difficult to carry out relief operations. A war room has also been set up by the Prime Minister in NDMA.

The Prime Minister has canceled his private tour of Britain. According to the Sama TV report, he was on his way to London from Qatar to get treatment for his granddaughter, who is undergoing treatment there. Shahbaz Sharif, who is in Qatar on a two-day official visit, is on his way back to the country in view of the flood situation in the country. After returning to the country, Sharif will chair a meeting where all concerned officials, including the National Disaster Management Authority, will brief him about the steps taken for the rescue and relief of the flood-affected.

Comparing the current situation with the devastating 2010 floods, Rehman said earlier this week that heavy rains and floods in Pakistan have affected more than 30 million people in the past few weeks. At the same time, the United Nations Agency Office (OCHA) revealed in a report that in the last 24 hours more than 82,000 houses have been damaged across the country and 150 km of roads have been damaged.

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