At least 81 people have been killed across Pakistan after heavy rains triggered devastating floods across the country on Wednesday, leaving thousands of people homeless.
Hundreds of villages were immersed in the northern city of Chitral and eastern Punjab province, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority told AP. The regions of Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were also affected by the floods.
Local media has reported that thousands of people are still stranded as many buildings, bridges and roads have been washed away.
Around 300,000 people have been affected by the disaster, Pakistani disaster officials said, adding 172,016 people have been rescued from the flood-hit areas so far. The officials warned that more rains are expected this week.
Thousands of houses have been damaged and crops on more than two million acres of land have been devastated, the officials announced. The government has set up relief camps for the displaced people.
Floods in Pakistan kill scores of people every year especially during monsoon season. More than 2,000 people were killed when monsoon rains submerged a fifth of the country in 2010.
The flooding has also killed at least 27 people in India’s western state of Gujarat, leaving hundreds of villages without electricity. Indian media has reported that around 1,000 people were evacuated from the area and heavy rain will continue for at least three more days.