Over 900 dead in monsoon floods in Pakistan, state of emergency declared

Widespread flooding across Pakistan is blamed for killing at least 900 people and forcing the country to declare a state of emergency.

The United Nations said the Southwest Asian country received more than five times its average rainfall and prevented some aid from reaching the hardest hit areas.

The organization reports that more than 600,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and 33 million residents have been affected.

Apart from housing, the agricultural sector has also been hit hard by the heavy rains.

Authorities estimate that around 2 million acres of crops and nearly 800,000 head of livestock were affected.

Officials say the fifth most populous country in the world relies heavily on farming and farming communities for a constant source of sustenance and livelihoods.

Floods in Pakistan
An emergency has been declared in Pakistan as monsoon floods have killed nearly 1,000 people.
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Pakistan typically experiences monsoon rains in July and August, but this year’s event was significantly more severe than previous seasons.

The UN reports that rainfall across the country is 2.87 times the national 30-year average, rendering hundreds of miles of roads and 145 bridges unusable.

Over $173 million in aid has been pledged by the Pakistani government and the country has requested international assistance to address any potential humanitarian crisis.

The UN says Pakistan has received five times its average flood.
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Floods in Pakistan
600,000 houses were damaged or destroyed according to the UN.
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33 million people were affected.
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Aid agencies say the lack of proper infrastructure has prevented vital services and supplies from reaching the hardest hit provinces.

It is estimated that more than 50% of communities face challenges related to extreme weather conditions.

In addition to flooding, the Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned that rain-induced landslides and dam failures are possible along several waterways, including the Indus River.

Floods in Pakistan
Over $173 million in aid has been pledged to Pakistan.
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Floods in Pakistan
An estimated 600,000 acres of farmland were affected.
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