Pakistan’s flood toll has passed 1,200 – with more rain expected over the next few days.

Flooding reached more than 33 million peopleor one in seven Pakistanis.

Aid has poured into the country and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is visiting flood-hit areas to oversee rescue and relief activities.

Further rains are forecast across the country over the next few days, including in the capital Islamabad, threatening to worsen the situation.

Health officials report an outbreak of waterborne diseases in flood-affected areas as authorities step up efforts to provide clean water to hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes in the disaster .

Diarrhoea, skin diseases and eye infections are spreading in relief camps set up by the government.

Pakistan blames climate change for unusually early and heavy monsoon rainswhich have been causing flash floods since June.

Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in the northern mountains caused floods that killed at least 1,208 people, including 416 children, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

Meanwhile, military-backed rescuers continued their operations to get stranded people to safer places.

A vehicle moves amid flood waters with boats in the background, after rains and floods during the monsoon season in Bajara village, Sehwan, Pakistan August 31, 2022. REUTERS/Yasir Rajput NONE RESALE.  NO ARCHIVES.

Rescuers mainly use boats, but helicopters are also flying to evacuate stranded people from areas where bridges and roads have been destroyed.

Pakistan and the United Nations have appealed for £138 million in emergency funding.

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