| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

Pakistan monsoon flooding death toll tops 1,000

The Pakistani National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), reported on Sunday that the death toll from monsoon flooding in Pakistan since June has reached 1,033.

It said 119 people had died in the previous 24 hours as heavy rains continued to lash parts of the country, AFP reported.

The annual monsoon is essential for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams across the Indian subcontinent, but each year it also brings a wave of destruction.

Officials say this year’s monsoon flooding has affected more than 33 million people — one in seven Pakistanis — destroying or badly damaging nearly a million homes.

The NDMA said more than two million acres of cultivated crops have been wiped out, 3,451 kilometers (2,150 miles) of roads destroyed, and 149 bridges washed away.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat