News ID: 1490
Published: 1121 GMT September 14, 2014

Pakistan flooding threatening eastern Punjab

Pakistan flooding threatening eastern Punjab

Military specialists in Pakistan have blown up levees in order to divert over-flowing rivers and prevent cities from being destroyed in the country’s recent flooding, which has already left hundreds dead.

Pakistani authorities said the breaches were performed late Saturday at the Chenab River, as flood waters reached Multan city and surrounding areas in eastern Punjab Province.

Civil and military officials have been evacuating people by boats and helicopters, and have been air-dropping food in affected areas.

Meanwhile, medical teams have also been treating patients and trying to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.

Since September 3, destructive monsoon floods have claimed at least 280 lives in Pakistan and the Pakistani-administered Kashmir, while 200 have been killed in the Indian-administered part of the region.

Rescue teams have managed to evacuate more than 275,000 people from flood-hit areas in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s National Disaster spokesman Ahmad Kamal, more than 500 people have been injured and over two million others had been affected by the flooding in the region.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to help those affected by the flooding.

“I assure you that we will rebuild your homes. We will do whatever is possible to help you,” he said.

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