Flood inundates 35 villages in Pakistan

At least 35 villages of two districts in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been inundated by flood waters following heavy rain, officials said on Sunday.

The villages in Pasrur and Sialkot districts, 80 km from the provincial capital of Lahore, are under four feet of water. The floods damaged standing crops on hundreds of acres, the officials said.

Some residents of the villages moved to safe places with their cattle and belongings. There were no reports of casualties so far, officials said.
Traffic in Pasrur three main roads — Sialkot-Pasrur road, Daska-Pasrur road and Pasrur-Zafarwal-Narowal road — was suspended on Saturday after they were covered by three to four feet of flood waters.

There is an acute shortage of food and potable water for people and fodder for cattle in the flood-hit villages.

The state-run Rescue 1122 service has launched relief activities and begun shifting people to safer places.

The local met office has forecast more heavy rain in the Sialkot region and officials said this might worsen the situation.

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