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More Than 1,100 Confirmed Dead In Pakistan Floods


Residents collect their belongings from the ruins of their house, which collapsed due to floodwaters, after heavy rain in Pakhtunkhwa province, on August 1.

Residents collect their belongings from the ruins of their house, which collapsed due to floodwaters, after heavy rain in Pakhtunkhwa province, on August 1.

Mian Iftikhar Husain, the information minister for Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Province, says more than 1,100 people have died and more than 1.5 million affected in severe flooding that has hit the area.

Husain said the final toll could be much higher since "the devastation is so widespread" that there are likely deaths that have not been reported yet.

Latifur Rehman, spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, described the destruction as "massive," saying aerial surveys show that whole villages have been washed away, animals have drowned, and grain storages have been destroyed.

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said earlier more than 1.1 million people have been affected by the floods, triggered by a heavy monsoon season.

Pakistan's national meteorological department was predicting more rain in the next 24 hours.

compiled from agency reports
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