Fears Over Disease Mount In Flood-Ravaged Pakistan

The worst flooding in northwest Pakistan for 80 years is now believed to have killed at least 1,220 people, many dying as their villages were swept away, and left more than 1 million people homeless and in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. "We have recorded 1,227 dead so far and this will increase" to as high as 3,000, Mujahid Khan, a spokesman for Pakistan's independent Edhi ambulance service in the northwest city of Peshawar told Bloomberg. "We can see people drowning but we can't go into the water because of its high pressure. The relief efforts of everyone combined is only 5 percent of what's required. "And fears are mounting that the death toll will climb far higher as disease spreads among the survivors of this weeklong deluge. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province, one of the worst-hit regions, told Agence France-Presse that he had received "confirmation of reports about an outbreak of cholera in some areas" of the Swat Valley, which borders Afghanistan.