Authorities say this monsoon season's flooding is some of the worst they've seen in decades, and more rain is predicted in the coming days. Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority, spoke to the AP, saying that since Thursday 61 people died in the eastern Punjab province, while 38 died in the Pakistan's portion of Kashmir, and 11 died in northern Gilgit Baltistan province. 148 people were left injured. From the AP:
"We are dispatching tents and other relief items for those who have been affected because of rains and floods," [Kamal] said. He said the army helicopters and boats were evacuating people from affected areas.
The AP reports the death toll in India has reached 108 people, including 30 who were killed when a bus filled with wedding guests was carried away in a flooded stream. 300 federal rescue workers and thousands of state police and soldiers are working in the region to rescue the thousands of people stranded.
From the AP:
In a statement, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the deaths and destruction caused by the rains and floods were a great loss, noting that some 650 homes have been destroyed already.
He added, "The government will leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress."
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