Floods in Pakistan kill 81, displace thousands
A group of villagers travel through flooded areas by boat near Multan, July 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
At least 81 people have been killed and thousands more displaced as heavy flooding continued in parts of Pakistan on Wednesday.
Local Dawn TV reported that up to 50 villages were inundated in the northeastern Rajanpur district, while southern Kashmor was also heavily hit by the flooding.
"Thousands of people are still stranded by flooding in low-lying areas and waiting to be rescued," Allauddin Khoso, who managed to reach safer ground on a small boat, told local Geo TV.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority the current floods have badly affected the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where 40 people have been killed and hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads have been washed away.
The latest TV footage showed widespread devastation in the tourist Chitral valley, where rescue workers have struggled to operate because of damaged bridge and road links.
Pakistan has repeatedly struggled to cope with major floods in recent years, including a deluge that killed more than 2,000 people and inundated a fifth of the country in 2010.