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Hundreds of thousands cut off by India and Pakistan floods


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Hundreds of thousands cut off by India and Pakistan floods

Emergency workers are trying to reach hundreds of thousands of people in northern India and Pakistan cut off by the worst floods for decades.

Hundreds have died in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

In the Indian-administered zone the army has been transporting boats by air to evacuate people from the worst affected areas.

Stories are emerging of people being stranded for hours before being rescued by neighbours.

Some people have been airlifted to safety by emergency teams – yet even so there is anger at the authorities.

“The government should at least have sent boats to rescue us over the last three days. No one from the government has come to ask about us till now. There are no supplies of water, food or medicine,” said one man on board a plane sent to winch people from flooded areas.

In Pakistan it is thought the floods could be linked to the collapse of a mosque in Lahore which killed at least two dozen people on Tuesday.

The Chenab river has risen dramatically and more flooding is expected over the next 48 hours.

Thousands of homes have been submerged, roads and power lines damaged, and thousands left without electricity and drinking water.

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