Heavy monsoon rains kill close to 60 people in Pakistan

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Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says it's ready to provide relief assistance to Pakistan, where monsoon rains have reportedly killed close to 60 people and displaced hundreds of others.

OCHA says that Pakistani authorities continue rescue and relief activities in the affected areas, particularly Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Singh provinces.

Jeans Laerke is OCHA spokesperson in Geneva.

"Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan have claimed at least 58 lives and injured 30 people. That is according to Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority. The rains have also displaced hundreds of people and ravaged thousands of acres of standing crops, and caused huge damage to houses and infrastructure. The rains continue this month and further monsoon spells have been forecast." (24")

Jens Laerke says that if required, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners would provide food, basic household items, water, sanitation and emergency health support.

He adds that the Pakistani authorities have not requested international assistance at this stage.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'17"

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