Pakistani flood death toll approaches 1,500

Pakistani flood death toll approaches 1,500

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Unprecedented floods in Pakistan that have inundated vast swaths of the South Asian country have killed nearly 1,500 people, data showed on Thursday as authorities sought to step up efforts to help the millions affected by the disaster.

Flooding caused by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in the northern mountains has affected 33 million people of a population of 220 million, destroying homes, vehicles, crops and livestock, with damage estimated at $30 billion.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, the death toll is 1,486, including about 530 children.

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Authorities have installed barriers over the past few weeks to keep flood waters out of key structures such as power plants and homes, while farmers who have stayed behind to try to save their livestock have faced a new threat as feed has begun to run low.

The government and the United Nations are blaming climate change on tides after record summer temperatures that forced thousands to leave their homes and live in tents or along open-air highways. read more

In July and August, 391 mm (15.4 inches) of rain fell in Pakistan, or nearly 190% more than the 30-year average. This figure rose to 466% in one of the hardest hit areas, the southern province of Sindh.

Relief flights from the United Arab Emirates and the United States arrived in the country on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. The United Nations is assessing reconstruction needs.

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Reporting by Gibran Nayyar Peshimam in Islamabad; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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