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Thousands Stranded Hundreds Dead in Pakistan Floods

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Pakistan Flood

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Rescuers were battling Sunday to pull through thousands trapped by Pakistan’s worst flooding in decades which has killed hundreds of people and left the many cities submerged.

Around hundreds of villages have also been submerged since torrential monsoon rains triggered flooding and landslides across the picturesque Azad Jammu & Kashmir, officials said.

Flash flooding and house collapses from days of heavy rain have left another 193 people dead, officials said.

The rain-swollen Jhelum river flooded large parts of Srinagar on Sunday and forced residents onto rooftops, with reports the first floors of a children’s hospital and of another hospital were underwater.

Thousands of troops, police and other emergency personnel, backed by helicopters and boats, have been deployed across the state to reach those stranded, with at least 14,800 people rescued.

“Thousands of people are still stranded and we have rescued several thousands,” National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials said.

In  different parts of Pakistan 193 people have been killed, with 108 villages and farmland damaged, the National Disaster Management Authority spokesman said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has visited some of the affected areas, the NDMA said in a statement late Sunday.

“The prime minister expressed his grief over the death and destruction caused by recent rains and floods… He assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress,” it added.

Heavy rains were easing and have stopped altogether in parts of Pakistan after floods hit Punjab, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the northernmost territory of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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