The death toll from the devastating floods soared to 1,162 on Wednesday as flood waters which came from the north began to breach banks and affected more than a million people in Sindh’s Dadu district.

According to the daily report by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), more than 3,500 people have been injured so far since June 14.

Around 1,941 people were injured while 36 were killed during the past 24 hours.

Flooding feared in Dadu

Dadu Deputy Commissioner Syed Murtaza Ali told Dawn.com that 1.2 million people had been affected and displaced in the district.

The water level is rising in the Main Nara Valley (MNV) drain in Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi talukas which are located at a distance of 8km from Dadu city, he said.

It is feared if the water level continues to rise in the MNV drain, Dadu city will be severely impacted, he said.

MPA Pir Mujeebul Haq, who was elected from Dadu, told Dawn.com that the city was facing the threat of flood, adding that machinery had been employed to prevent flood waters from entering the city.

PM Shehbaz visits KP

Separately, PM Shehbaz embarked on a visit of the flood affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to Radio Pakistan, he will visit Kalam and Kanju in Swat district and Patan village in Lower Kohistan.

“During the visit, the prime minister will be briefed about flood relief activities and damages caused by floods,” the report said.

On the other hand, PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz is scheduled to visit flood affected areas in and around Rajanpur and South Punjab.

More aid pours in

Meanwhile, the United States announced $30 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

“We stand with Pakistan during this difficult time, and the US is proud to be the single largest humanitarian donor to Pakistan,” Vedant Patel, principal deputy spokesperson for the State Department, told a daily news briefing on Tuesday.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life and livelihoods throughout Pakistan,” he added.

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) partners will use this fund to prioritise urgently needed support for food, nutrition, multi-purpose cash, safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and shelter assistance, he said.


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