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Pakistan flooding kills 200, damages almost 1 million homes, U.N. says

By the CNN Wire Staff
Pakistani youths play in a flooded street after heavy rains in Karachi on September 11, 2011.
Pakistani youths play in a flooded street after heavy rains in Karachi on September 11, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.N. humanitarian relief efforts are underway in southeastern Pakistan
  • About 200,000 people need immediate help, the United Nations says
RELATED TOPICS
  • Floods
  • Pakistan
  • United Nations

(CNN) -- U.N. aid agencies are assisting in relief efforts in southeastern Pakistan after flooding caused by heavy rains killed almost 200 people and destroyed or damaged more than one million homes, the United Nations said.

About 200,000 people have been displaced by the flooding and need immediate assistance, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement released Saturday.

Joint U.N.-Pakistani teams are on the ground in the region to assess the damage, said Timo Pakkala, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.

The teams are "seeing first hand today the devastation and vast amount of flood water in Sindh," Pakkala said.

Torrential rains during the annual monsoon season have inundated an estimated 4.2 million acres of land, the U.N. said.

CNN's Aliza Kassim contributed to this report.

 
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