Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years have killed at least 1600 people and that figure is certain to rise.
Most of the deaths have occurred in the north of the country – the Swat Valley is reported to be cut off.
The floods have roared down from the north- west to the agricultural heartland of Punjab and onto southern Sindh.
On visiting one province, Pakistan’s prime minister declared the country “had gone back several years”.
In fact the civilian government appears overwhelmed by the devastation and is being criticised for its inadequate response.
Pakistan’s military is leading rescue efforts and attempts to get aid to survivors – it’s estimated that 14 million people have been affected by the monsoon triggered floods.
International aid is arriving but the bad weather is preventing all but a few helicopter drops to stranded communities and more heavy rain is forecast to lash the country in the coming hours.