Pakistan Flood Toll Hits 1,100

Receding waters show massive devastation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2010 6:30 AM CDT
An aerial view showing houses submerged in water due to heavy flooding in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Saturday, July 31, 2010.   (Ishtiaq Mahsud)
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(Newser) – A Pakistani official says the death toll from massive floods in the northwest has risen to 1,100 people. Disaster management official Adnan Khan said today that the death toll could rise even higher since there are areas in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province that rescue workers have not been able to access. Authorities are struggling to save more than 27,000 people still trapped by the flooding that has plagued the northwest in recent days following heavy monsoon rains.

Khan said more than 20,000 people have been rescued so far. The effort has been aided by slackening rains that caused the worst flooding in decades in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province. But as flood waters start to recede, authorities have begun to understand the full scale of the disaster. "Aerial monitoring has shown that whole villages have washed away, animals have drowned and grain storages have washed away," said a spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. "The destruction is massive and devastating."

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