Cries for help as 119 more die in one day

Pakistan appeals for more international aid as floods devastate the country, leaving people in search of higher, drier ground.

The death toll from the monsoon rains has reached 1,033 — with 119 dead in the past 24 hours, the National Disaster Management Authority says.

The US, Britain, the United Arab Emirates and others have contributed to a disaster call, but more funding is needed, officials say.

A man told the BBC his daughter was swept away by a flooded river.

“She told me, ‘Daddy, I’m going to gather leaves for my goat,'” said Muhammad Fareed, who lives in the Kaghan Valley in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“She went to the bank of the river and a gush of water followed and took her away.”

Muhammad Fareed whose daughter died in the Kunhar River

Muhammad Fareed whose daughter died in the Kunhar River

An adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told the BBC the country urgently needs international support.

“Pakistan is struggling with economic problems, but now, just as we were about to overcome them, the monsoon disaster hit,” said Salman Sufi.

Funding for many development projects has been redirected to the people affected, he added.

Prime Minister Sharif has announced a 10 billion rupee ($45 million) grant for people in the hardest-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, reports Dawn newspaper.

Each family affected by the floods would receive 25,000 rupees ($112), Mr Sharif said, which would be paid within a week.

Thousands of people fled their homes in the north-west of the country after rivers burst their banks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, causing massive flash floods.

“The house that we built through years of hard work began to sink before our eyes,” Junaid Khan, 23, told AFP. “We sat on the side of the road and watched our dream home sink.”

The province of Sindh in the south-east of the country has also been badly affected, with thousands displaced from their homes.

Flood victims queue in front of a bank for financial aid in southern Sindh province

Flood victims queue in front of a bank for financial aid in southern Sindh province

“No food arrived here”

Pumza Fihlani, BBC News, Sindh

There were displaced people in all the villages we drove through across Sindh.

The full extent of the devastation in the province has yet to be fully understood, but local people are describing it as the worst disaster they have survived.

Floods are not uncommon in Pakistan, but people here tell us these rains were different. They were more than anything you’ve ever seen here. A local official described them as “floods of biblical proportions.”

Near the town of Larkana, thousands of mud houses have sunk under water and only treetops can be seen for miles.

Where the water level is a little lower, thatched roofs creep out from under the threatening water.

The needs of the survivors are diverse. In a village we visit, the people there are desperately looking for food. In another, they say they have their grain, but they need money to meet their other needs.

We visit one where many children have contracted water-related diseases. A drivable truck pulls up and scores immediately rush towards it. Children carrying other children make their way to the long line.

A 12-year-old girl says she and her little sister haven’t eaten in a day. “No food has arrived here. But my sister is sick, she threw up, I hope they can help.”

Mr Sharif said 33 million people were affected by the floods – about 15% of the country’s population.

He said losses caused by flooding this season are comparable to those during the 2010-11 floods, which are said to be the worst on record.

Officials in the country blame climate change for the devastation.

But poor local government planning has exacerbated the impact in the past, with buildings often constructed in areas prone to seasonal flooding.

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