Pakistan's flooding sweeps south

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BBC’s Adam Mynott: ‘It’s a catastrophe…and that’s no overstatement’

The worst monsoon rains in 80 years are continuing to sweep from the north-west to south and central Pakistan.

Rivers in Sindh province, home to Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city and business hub, are bursting their banks.

Pakistani authorities have evacuated 500,000 people in 11 districts of Sindh and issued warnings to people in low-lying areas of the Indus river.

Flooding has submerged whole villages in the past week, killing about 1,600 people and affecting another 4.5m.

There is mounting anger at the absence of President Asif Ali Zardari, who is on a state visit to Britain to meet the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

With flood victims bitterly accusing the authorities of failing to come to their aid, the disaster has piled yet more pressure on an administration struggling to contain Taliban violence and an economic crisis.

Fresh downpours

And the region is only midway through monsoon season, with more rain forecast.

To read more, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10889925

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