Appeal for help as 119 more die in one day

Pakistan is appealing for further international aid as floods ravage the country, leaving people to seek higher, drier ground.

The death toll from monsoon rains has reached 1,033 – with 119 deaths in the past 24 hours, the National Disaster Management Authority said.

The US, UK, UAE and others have contributed to the disaster call, but more funds are needed, officials say.

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

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

“He went to the bank of the river and followed a rush of water and carried her away.”

Muhammad Fareed, whose daughter died in the Kunhar river

An aide to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told the BBC the country was desperate for international support.

“Pakistan was facing economic issues, but now just when we were ready to overcome them, the monsoon disaster hit,” said Salman Sufi.

Funding from many development projects was rerouted to those affected, he added.

According to Dawn newspaper reports, Prime Minister Sharif announced a grant of 10 billion rupees ($45 million) for those in the worst-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Each family affected by the floods will be given 25,000 rupees ($112), Mr. Sharif said, which will be disbursed within a week.

In the northwest of the country, thousands of people fled their homes after rivers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa burst their banks, causing severe flash floods.

“The house we built with years of hard work started to sink before our eyes,” Junaid Khan, 23, told AFP news agency. “We sat on the side of the road and watched our dream house sink.”

Sindh province in the country’s southeast has also been badly hit, with thousands displaced from their homes.

Flood victims queue outside a bank to receive financial aid in the southern province of Sindh

Flood victims queue outside a bank to receive financial aid in the southern province of Sindh

“No food has come here”

Pumza Fihlani, BBC News, Sindh

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

The full extent of the devastation in the province is not yet fully understood, but people on the ground are describing it as the worst disaster they have experienced.

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

Near the city of Larkana, thousands of mud houses have been submerged and for miles all that can be seen are treetops.

Where the water level is slightly lower, the thatched roofs emerge from under the threatening water.

The needs of survivors are varied. In one village we visit, the people sitting there were desperate for food. In another they say they have their grain, but need money to meet their other needs.

We visit one where many children have developed waterborne diseases. A mobile truck pulls up and scores immediately run towards him. Children carrying other children advance in the long line.

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

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

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

Officials in the country blame climate change for the disaster.

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

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