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Pakistani president finally visits flood zones

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Pakistan’s President has paid his first visit to a flood zone, two weeks after torrential monsoon rains plunged the country into crisis.

Asif Ali Zardari has been criticised for continuing trips abroad as more than 1,600 people died in the biggest natural disaster Pakistan has ever faced.
Some 14 million people have been affected and, two days after returning home, Zardari met some of them in the southern province of Sindh.

The US has announced more helicopters and aid to beef up relief efforts amid fears that Islamist militants will seek to expand their influence by offering help. Supplies are also being airlifted in from Australia as part of international efforts.

The UN has launched a multi-million euro appeal to provide emergency aid. It has warned of a second wave of death from disease and food shortages unless more help arrives quickly.