People affected by floods wait for relief outside their temporary shelters in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, yesterday.
ISLAMABAD: Heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods affecting more than 330,000 people across Pakistan in the last two weeks and killed 108, disaster management officials said yesterday.
“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people and wounded 104,” a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official said.
The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across the country, he added.
The NDMA has established 44 relief camps in flood-hit areas to accommodate affected people, he said.
Pakistan has suffered monsoon floods for the last three years and has been criticised for not doing more to mitigate against the dangers posed by seasonal rains washing away homes and farmland.
Streets in all major cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, suffer intermittent flooding due to downpours, damaging roads and private homes.
Pakistan is on alert for flash flooding with a strong monsoon expected to hit its northern parts over the coming days.
Flash floods during the monsoon are common in Pakistan, where the worst deluge of 2010 submerged one-fifth of the country, killed more than 1,700 people and affected more than 20 million people. AFP