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Pakistan’s flood victims still need support

The worst floodwaters in Pakistan’s history began their devastating journey last summer, carving a path of destruction that affected more than 18 million people and left one-fifth of the country submerged. The good news is that the humanitarian crisis has ended. Pakistan’s communities are rebuilding, but this part of the story is taking place in the absence of cameras, as the floodwaters and international support for recovery have receded. This underfunded post-disaster phase must have the world’s attention if survivors are to get back on their feet.

More than 500 houses collapsed in affected areas

KARACHI: The rainfall wrecked havoc with the downtrodden communities and destroyed more than 500 houses in Tharparkar, Badin and Thatta districts.

Though, the untimely rain started early morning on Wednesday was stopped on Friday morning, the fearful people were still seen carrying belongings shifting to safer places. Some 50 villages in Tharparkar district were still under water and families have left their abodes, but still waiting for water and food in ordinary relief camps.

Rains lash several cities in Sindh, Punjab

KARACHI/PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD (INP) – The torrential monsoon rains continued to wreak havoc across the country, particularly Sindh, as 30 people were reported killed in various rain-related incidents on Friday.

Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other upper parts of the country also witnessed heavy downpour. The devastating rains killed at least 30 people besides destroying crops and houses in the Sindh province. “Some 30 people died due to falling roofs on Thursday night,” said an official at the disaster management authority.

Torrential rains kill 21 in south Sindh

KARACHI: Devastating rains in Pakistan killed at least 21 people overnight, destroying crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country, a government official said Friday.

“At least 21 people died, most of them because of falling roofs during rains on Thursday night,” said Sajjad Haider Shah, an official at the disaster management authority in the southern province of Sindh.

Of the dead,  15 occurred in Mirpurkhas district, which was the worst-affected, he told AFP.

Oxfam flood aid to Pakistan embezzled, report finds

An independent financial investigation found invoices had been falsified and cheques manipulated to divert funds in two projects managed by a Pakistani agency working with the charity.

The unnamed culprit identified by the investigation had been fired and the British charity had cut all financial ties with the agency.

Oxfam said it hoped to recover all the missing money.

Neva Khan, Oxfam GB's country director in Pakistan, said: "We will recover every penny of this money and continue to ensure that donors' funds reach the people who need it most.

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