Nearly 40 more single-day deaths raise flood toll to 1,545


Nearly 40 people have died in flood-related incidents countrywide over the last 24 hours, official data shows, as officials and elected representatives continue to report a drop in water levels in Sindh where floodwaters have converged and given rise to the outbreaks of multiple diseases after wreaking havoc elsewhere.

In its daily situation report on Saturday, the National Disaster Management Authority said the death toll from floods has risen by 37 during the last 24 hours.

The cumulative death toll since June 14 now stood at 1,545, the report added.

It showed that 92 individuals had sustained injuries due to floods in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of injured reported since mid-June to 12,850.

Record monsoon rains in south and southwest Pakistan and glacial melt in northern areas have triggered the flooding that has affected nearly 33 million people, sweeping away homes, crops, bridges, roads and livestock and causing an estimated $30 billion of damage.