Pakistan floods kill 455, affect five million

October 18, 2012 - 4:20:55 am



ISLAMABAD: Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government’s disaster relief agency.

Pakistan suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 2m.

As in the previous two years, most of those hit by the latest floods were in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said more than three million have been affected, with 890,000 in Punjab and nearly a million in Baluchistan.

More than 260,000 people around the country have sought shelter in relief camps since early September, though this figure is down from the 290,000 reported by NDMA two and a half weeks ago.

The data published by NDMA on Monday said more than 1.1m acres (450,000 hectares) of crops were affected by the floods.


Pakistan lawmakers restore membership 

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) restored membership of 35 parliamentarians including Interior Minister Rehman Malik after they declared their assets, it was learnt yesterday.

The membership of nine Senators, 12 National Assembly members, 12 Punjab Assembly members and one each from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly members was restored after they submitted details of their assets.

These included Rehman Malik, MNA Shakil Awan, Kashmala Tariq and others.

It may be noted here that ECP had suspended membership of 154 MPs after they failed to submit details of their assets.

Earlier on Monday, the ECP suspended the membership of 39 parliamentarians and 115 members of the four provincial assemblies for failing to submit details of their assets with the commission.  According to the ECP sources, the parliamentarians include 31 members of the National Assembly and eight senators. Agencies