Pakistan's flood woes continue: Nearly half a million affected

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Islamabad, Sept 9: The flood situation in Pakistan continues to worsen with the authorities trying their best to save some major towns along the Chenab River which, along with the Jhelum River, has caused a massive destruction, an Outlook report said. Nearly half a million people have been affected by what is being called as the superflood. Both the rivers swelled after heavy rainfall last week.

[Read: Updates on flood situation in Jammu & Kashmir]

The rain that started last week continued through the weekend in Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), causing extensive damage in both places. While 4,36,000 people have been affected in Punjab, the number in PoK is 30,000.

More than 200 people have been killed while over 400 were injured in floods and rain-related incidents.

Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha and Khushabad and Jhang districts were badly affected by the nature's fury. The authorities were keeping a close look on Trimmu Barrage in Jhang district where the Chenab meets the Jhelum. The two rivers were carrying more than 900,000 cusecs of water while the maximum capacity of Trimmu is 700,000 cusecs, said a report.

Officials of Pakistan's Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Indus Water Commission (PIWC), Indus River System Authority (Irsa) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met on Monday to review the rescue efforts.

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