Pakistan struggles to cope with worst monsoon floods in decades - DW News.

Pakistan says at least a third of the country is under water, as it struggles to cope with the worst monsoon floods in decades. International aid has begun to arrive, but authorities say they need at least 10 billion dollars to rebuild the country.

The death toll from the floods, which began in mid-June, is over 1,000. In total, some 33 million people have been affected by the floods in the country of around 220 million.

The IMF has released $1.17 billion (€1.17 billion) out of a bailout fund that had been frozen. But planning minister Ahsan Iqbal says that Islamabad could need up to $10 billion for repairs, with flooding having affected a third of the country.

The rains have damaged vast swathes of rich agricultural land and crops. Parts of Pakistan have been cut off from the rest of the country as flooding has rendered roads and bridges inaccessible — crucially, this includes areas in Pakistan's southern breadbasket.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that the price of onions, a common ingredient in Pakistani meals, had increased by more than five times. The price of onions had already risen by 40% by Friday, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics said.

The price of tomatoes, another essential ingredient in Pakistani cuisine, has also soared following the destruction of most of the crop. Lahore Market Committee secretary Shahzad Cheema told the AFP news agency that about 80% of tomato crop had been damaged.

Pakistani news portal Dawn cited the Ministry of Food Security as saying that the sowing of the second crop of tomatoes and onions was about to start in the southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. Planting will now have to be delayed, with the first crop having been damaged.

Subscribe: www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1

For more news go to: www.dw.com/en/
Follow DW on social media:
►Facebook: www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/
►Twitter: twitter.com/dwnews
►Instagram: www.instagram.com/dwnews
Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: www.youtube.com/dwdeutsch
#Pakistan #Floods #Monsoon

Watch video on channel "DW News"
Surging prices leave Pakistanis unable to afford basic necessities - DW News.

Surging prices leave Pakistanis unable to afford basic necessities - DW News.

Pakistan is facing its worst economic crisis in years. Runaway inflation and low foreign exchange reserves are contributing to the misery -- the same factors that led to Sri Lanka's meltdown last year. Though Pakistan's not there yet, it's teeteri...

Syria asks EU for assistance as total earthquake deaths near 12,000 - DW News.

Syria asks EU for assistance as total earthquake deaths near 12,000 - DW News.

The death toll from the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria this week has climbed to almost 12 thousand.  Rescue and recovery is top priority and nations are rushing aid to the region. But for Syria the story is complicated:  Western sanction...

Kremlin propaganda targets Latvia's Russian-speaking minority - DW News.

Kremlin propaganda targets Latvia's Russian-speaking minority - DW News.

Latvia has a sizeable Russian speaking minority -- a legacy of the time when Latvia was part of the Soviet Union.  They have been a target of the Kremlin's propaganda machine in a bid to undermine support for Ukraine.  Our reporter Killian Bayer v...

Ex Chinese military officer says US shouldn’t make fuss - DW News.

Ex Chinese military officer says US shouldn’t make fuss - DW News.

Retired Senior Colonel Zhou Bo told DW that the errant Chinese balloon was an accident, and that Washington should stop over-reacting to what was an honest mistake. The balloon which Washington said was likely gathering intelligence, has been desc...

Prosecutors: Putin played active role in shooting down flight MH17 - DW News.

Prosecutors: Putin played active role in shooting down flight MH17 - DW News.

In an update today, prosecutors said they had quote 'strong indications' that Putin offered missiles to pro-Russian rebels, but said they did not have evidence that he ordered the attack. The plane was shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft missile ...