Before and after photos show severity of floods in Pakistan

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A close view shows houses and fields before and after floods in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on March 24 and August 28, respectively. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

The unprecedented monsoon season has affected all four provinces of Pakistan, causing flash floods across the country that have affected 33 million Pakistanis, damaged nearly a million homes and killed at least 1,061 people.

Images taken and released by Maxar Technologies on Sunday show high levels of flooding along the Indus River as well as the cities of Rajanpur and Rojhan in Punjab province.

A glimpse of the Indus River before and after the floods in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on March 24 and August 28, respectively. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif said on Monday the government would provide housing for anyone who lost their homes.

However, many people displaced by the floods say they have not only lost their homes, but also their crops and small businesses.

Stranded people walk through a flooded area after heavy monsoon rains in Rajanpur district of Punjab province on August 25. (Shahid Saeed Mirza/AFP/Getty Images)

Urgent call for help

The floods destroyed more than 150 bridges and many roads were washed away, making rescue operations difficult.

Authorities say they were using military planes, helicopters, trucks and boats to evacuate the stranded people and bring them much-needed aid.

A glimpse shows fields and homes along the Indus River before and after floods in Rojhan, Pakistan, on March 24 and August 28, respectively. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

However, many survivors complain that they are still waiting for help or that they have received too little help from the government after being displaced by the floods. Some people say they have tents but no food.

Pakistani charities have also been active in flood-affected areas, and the government has said everyone should contribute to help flood victims.

Pakistani army personnel distribute food parcels to flood-affected people after heavy monsoon rains in Rajanpur district of Punjab province on August 27. (Shahid Saeed MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images)

International aid begins to arrive

International aid was arriving in Pakistan on Monday as the army and volunteers desperately tried to evacuate thousands of people stranded by widespread monsoon floods.

A glimpse shows a village and fields before and after floods in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on March 24 and August 28, respectively. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

Cargo planes from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates began the international rush to aid the impoverished nation, landing in Islamabad on Sunday carrying tents, food and other daily necessities.

Trucks carrying tents, food and water arranged by Pakistan have also been dispatched to various parts of the country by the National Disaster Management Authority for tens of thousands of flood victims.

Pakistani army personnel distribute food to flood-affected people near a makeshift camp following heavy monsoon rains in Rajanpur district, Punjab province, on August 27. (Shahid Saeed Mriza/AFP/Getty Images)

Floods hit during economic crisis

Pakistan is facing one of its worst economic crises. The government says it recently narrowly avoided a default.

On Monday, the federal government of Canada announced $5 million in funding for humanitarian assistance to partner agencies on the ground, including food and cash that would go to people in the worst affected areas.

Earlier on Monday, the International Monetary Fund’s executive board approved the release of a much-anticipated US$1.17 billion (C$1.29 billion) for Pakistan, the minister said. ‘Information Maryam Aurangez at the AP.

Pakistan and the IMF initially signed the bailout deal in 2019. But the release of funds had been on hold since earlier this year when the IMF expressed concern over Pakistan’s compliance with the terms of the deal. under the government of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The United Nations will launch an international appeal on Tuesday in Islamabad for Pakistani flood victims.

Last week, the United Nations said in a statement that it had allocated $3 million to United Nations aid agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods and that the money will be used for health, nutrition, food security and water and sanitation services in case of flooding. -affected areas, focusing on the most vulnerable.

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