Floods of unprecedented proportions devastate Pakistan, killing hundreds of people

Hundreds of thousands of people have been directly affected by raging flooding caused by relentless downpours across Pakistan in the last two days, which have killed hundreds of people.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed authorities on Monday to speed up rescue and relief efforts in flood-affected areas, as well as the immediate relocation of people trapped in flood-affected areas.

Tens of thousands of people are currently at the mercy of an exceptional monsoon season, which has inundated large swaths of Pakistan, washed away infrastructure, and triggered landslides.

During today’s meeting, PM Shehbaz was briefed on the flood situation in Balochistan province, including the extent of the damage caused by the floods and the ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

The prime minister directed that arrangements be made to provide flood relief cash of Rs25,000 per affected family, as well as tents, edibles, and safe drinking water.

PM Shehbaz has directed that emergency measures be taken by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the Government of Balochistan, and the Ministry of Planning.

He warned all authorities involved that no leniency or suspension of flood relief efforts would be tolerated.