Emergency declared in Pakistani flood-hit areas   2010-07-30 23:41:43 FeedbackPrintRSS

By Jamil Bhatti

A street is inundated in northwest Pakistan's Nasir-Bagh, on July 30, 2010. At least 420 people were killed in the flood-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan, said the Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik on Friday. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

ISLAMABAD, July 30 (Xinhua)-- Government of Pakistan Friday kicked off an emergency rescue and relief operation after declaring emergency in the flood-hit northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as more than 400 have died and thousands are missing.

Pakistan also asked international community to help it fight the floods which have hit across the country, making more than one million people homeless.

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has requested United Nations and international community for the urgent help in the country's worst flood for last 81 years which is now heading towards Southern and Western part of the country, local Television Samma reported.

According to rescue teams, hundreds of villages, bridges, roads, railway tracks, houses and billions of dollars worth properties have also been smashed in the rains and high current floods.

Pakistan Navy, Air force, Pakistan Army and dozens of other civil and government rescue teams are busy in the affected areas but those seem insufficient.

The KP government has released about 1.16 million U.S. dollars to cope with the situation in the province but the experts said the amount is too little.

More than one million people have been stranded due to floods in various parts of the country and mostly have resorted to take shelter on rooftops, trees and electricity pools.

Editor: yan

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