Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan have been forced to flee their homes following deadly floods, as the country’s prime minister has warned that “the scale of the calamity is greater” than expected.

Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in floods since mid-June, which were triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

The latest destruction saw a major bridge destroyed overnight, cutting off some districts from road access, in the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

from pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who was filmed in a helicopter delivering relief to flood-hit areas, tweeted that “the scale of the calamity is greater than expected”.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif sent relief supplies to flood-hit areas
Floods on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan.  Photo: AP
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Floods on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: AP

“The times demand that we come together as one nation to stand with our people in the face of this calamity,” he wrote.

The country’s climate change minister, Sherry Rehman, called the situation a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions”.

Flood fears have prompted around 180,000 people in Charsadda district to flee their homes, officials say.

Some spent the night on the highways with their cattle.

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More than 30 million people in Pakistan have been affected by historic monsoon rains and floods in recent weeks, Ms Rehman said.

The military is helping to respond to the floods, while Pakistani leaders plan to launch an international appeal fund.

In neighboring Afghanistan, the Taliban appealed for help after flooding in central and eastern provinces.

Homes have been damaged by flooding on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan.  Photo: AP
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Homes have been damaged by flooding on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. Photo: AP

The death toll from this month’s floods in Afghanistan has risen to 192, disaster officials said.

Thousands of cattle have been killed and 1.7 million fruit trees destroyed, raising concerns about how families would feed themselves during the coldest months as the country faces an economic crisis .

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