More Than A Thousand People Died Due To Devastating Floods In Pakistan

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Islamabad: The death toll due to the devastating floods in Pakistan has risen to more than a thousand. According to official figures released on Sunday, 119 people died in flood-related incidents across the country in the last 24 hours. Floods triggered by heavy rains in Pakistan since June 14 have worsened the situation and inundated the plains of the country’s south and southwest regions.

At the same time, during the match yesterday, Pakistani players came to the field with a black band on their arm in support of the flood-affected people. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Sunday that 119 people have died in the last 24 hours. NDMA said, ‘So far 1,033 people have died in Pakistan and 1,527 people have been injured. The authority said that the maximum number of people died in the last one day in Sindh province, where 76 people lost their lives.

In the last 24 hours, 71 people were injured due to flood-related incidents across the country. So far 347 people have died in Sindh, 238 in Balochistan, 226 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 168 in Punjab, 38 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 15 in Gilgit Baltistan and one in Islamabad. 3451.5 km of roads have been damaged by the floods.

In addition, 147 bridges were washed away, 170 shops were destroyed and 9,49,858 houses were partially or completely damaged. On August 30, the United Nations may release $ 160 million in aid to Pakistan to deal with the threat of floods. Britain has also announced a grant of 1.5 million pounds for aid. Among Muslim countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey and Iran have offered to help Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif by telephone.

According to the United Arab Emirates’ WAM news agency, President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the immediate release of aid to Pakistan. The UAE has sent three thousand tonnes of food items, medical supplies and tents etc.

Pakistan may import tomatoes, onions from India due to increase in vegetable prices due to floods: Pakistan government from India amidst huge spurt in prices of various vegetables and fruits due to devastating floods in Lahore and other parts of Punjab province of Pakistan Can import tomatoes and onions. The wholesale traders of the market gave this information.

Jawad Rizvi, a wholesaler in Lahore market, told the agency, “Tomato and onion were priced at Rs 500 and Rs 400 a kg respectively in Lahore markets on Sunday. However, in Sunday markets, other vegetables including tomatoes and onions were available at Rs 100 per kg less than the regular markets. He said that the prices of food items will increase further in the coming days as the supply of vegetables from Balochistan, Sindh and South Punjab has been severely affected due to floods.

Rizvi said, ‘In the coming days, the price of onion and tomato may cross Rs 700 per kg. Similarly, the price of potato has increased from Rs 40 per kg to 120 kg. It is learned that the government is considering the option of importing onions and tomatoes from India through the Wagah border. At present, tomatoes and onions are being supplied from Afghanistan through Torkham border in Lahore and other cities of Punjab.

Shahzad Cheema, secretary of the Lahore Market Committee, said that due to the floods, there has also been a shortage of vegetables like capsicum in the market. Cheema said that the government can import onions and tomatoes from India. He said that importing vegetables from Iran through Taftan border (Balochistan) is not as easy as the Iranian government has increased the tax on imports and exports.

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