Written by Kanishka Singharia | Edited by Sohini Goswami
Heavy rain lashed Pakistan’s roads leading to flash floods and inundated parts of the country. Shehbaz Sharif’s government has declared a “national emergency” following the widespread destruction.
According to a report by the AFP news agency, the rains and subsequent floods have so far killed 937 people, including 343 children, and left at least 30 million homeless. Sindh has seen the highest number of deaths with 306 since June 14 with 23 of its districts declared disaster-hit.
Pictured: More than 4 million in Pakistan affected by floods
The abnormal increase in rainfall has caused flash floods across the country, especially in the southern part of Pakistan.
Footage tweeted by a senior journalist showed cars parked on streets completely submerged in water. Another video showed a prominent hotel collapsing in floods.
Another clip showed a large house being inundated by floodwaters in Bahrain, Swat. A Reuters report said that in the last 24 hours 150 km of roads were damaged across the country and over 82,000 houses were partially or completely damaged. Since mid-June, when the monsoon began, over 3,000 km of roads, 130 bridges and 4,95,000 houses have been damaged.
Videos shared by the official account of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) showed people being led to safety by relief teams from an area where floodwaters appeared to be rushing out.
Pakistan has asked the international community to help with relief efforts as it struggles to cope with the aftermath of torrential rains that have caused massive flooding since last month.
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