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Water levels set to rise in flood-hit Pakistan

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Water levels set to rise in flood-hit Pakistan


More flood warnings have been issued by the authorities in Pakistan amid fears that not enough aid is reaching those who need it most.

Sixteen hundred people have died so far. Two million have lost their homes and the lives of at least 14 million – that is eight per cent of the population – have been affected in some way.

Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority said: “There can be further devastation as we are expecting two major peaks in our system, the Indus system. There may be one (peak) tomorrow and another on August 17-18.”

The country’s President Asif Ali Zardari has been out visiting flood hit areas comforting victims following criticism of his trips abroad and his government’s perceived slack response to the crisis.

People have been jostling for food at distribution points throughout the disaster area.

With water levels along the Indus river basin set to rise dangerously the United Nations is warning of another wave of deaths unless help arrives quickly.

The UN is appealing for more than 400 million euros in emergency aid to combat the threat of disease and food shortages.

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