1,191 Pakistanis dead and millions displaced by floods

Some 1,191 people have died since last June to today, and millions have been left without shelter due to devastating floods triggered by monsoon rains in Pakistan.

The floods also destroyed buildings, bridges and roads, and large areas of the country were transformed into large watersheds, damaging agricultural crops.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the world to help Pakistan and launched an initiative that earmarked $160 million to help tens of millions of people affected by the disaster.

The floods affected more than 33 million people, or one Pakistani in seven, and the country’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif described them as “the worst floods in Pakistan’s history”.

The Pakistani government estimates that the country needs more than $10 billion to repair and rebuild infrastructure, especially communications, roads, and agriculture.