13 killed as boat carrying flood victims overturns in Pakistan: report


Pakistan is facing the worst rain-induced flooding in its history.


At least 13 people were killed and many were still missing after a boat carrying around 25 flood victims capsized on Monday in the swollen Indus River in Pakistan’s Sindh province, local media reported.

The incident took place in the village of Bilawalpur in the town of Sehwan in Sindh, when a boat carrying flood victims from submerged villages to a safer location overturned.

An official said the death toll has risen to 13 while eight people have been rescued. Rescue sources said nearly 25 flood victims were taken to the relief camps when the incident occurred, Geo News reported.

This comes as the Pakistani government and military are conducting emergency relief operations in flood areas.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the humanitarian situation in Pakistan has deteriorated in the past two weeks as heavy rains continued to cause flooding and landslides, causing displacement and damage across the country.

Pakistan faces the worst rain-induced flooding in its history as 66 districts have been officially declared “disastrous” by the government – 31 in Balochistan, 23 in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and three in Punjab. The situation remains dynamic and many more districts have been affected; the number of emergency-declared districts is expected to increase as rainfall continues to fall.

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