Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited flood hit areas in Sialkot district over the weekend and directed the Punjab government to take every step possible to help the victims. (JPN/Agencies)
He also directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman to visit the worst hit areas and provide emergency relief to the people.
The NDMA said that more than 2400 sub-divisions have been fully damaged and around 2650 partially affected by torrential rains and floods. The agency said that more than 3,34000 people have also been affected.
Of those killed, 30 are from Punjab, 24 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 22 from Sindh, 16 from Balochistan, 12 from federally administrated tribal areas while others are from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
The rain and floods also injured around 113 people and affected 770 villages across the country. Another 104 villages have been warned in Chinot area of Punjab due to high flood in the Chenab river. Five sub-divisions of Vehari district have also been alerted due to high waters in the Sutlej river flowing to Pakistan from India. The NDMA has established 44 relief camps in flood-hit areas to accommodate affected people.
The army is helping people in affected areas by moving them to safer places and providing them food, water and medicines. The rains also led to widespread problems in the urban areas with major cities like Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi facing flooding.
In Karachi, the heavy rains triggered widespread damages last week, which left around two dozen people dead. The meteorological office the country has predicted more rain in the coming days. Pakistan has not issued any appeal for international relief help so far.
2010 saw Pakistan's worst floods ever, affecting almost one of fifth of the country, killing more than 1800 people.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited flood hit areas in Sialkot district over the weekend and directed the Punjab government to take every step possible to help the victims.