We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A helicopter photo shows the city of Nowshera completely submerged after three days of intense monsoon rains. Mohammad Sajjad/AP via PA

430 killed in Pakistan after intense three-day monsoons

The UN believes a million are affected – but can it expect American aid?

430 PEOPLE have been killed after three days of monsoon rain caused intense flooding and saw scores of rivers burst their banks.

Over a million people are believed to be affected by the disasters, according to United Nations estimates.

The rain has seen many towns and villages washed away, with many others under several metres of water. The city of Peshawar – with a population of three million – is completely cut off to the outside world.

Pakistani officials worry that more people could be affected with rivers continuing to rise in coming days as the rains show no sign of abating – meaning that the death toll is almost certain to rise.

The local information minister told Al Jazeera that rescue efforts were being hampered by a lack of suitable equipment.

The rains are the deadliest to hit the region since 1929.

With the relief efforts likely to require a major internationally coordinated fund-raising drive, it remains to be seen how active a role the United States may take in offering assistance.

The leaking last week of over 92,000 pages of war logs in Afghanistan revealed publically that the Pakistani defence forces had been assisting the Taliban in resisting the occupation of American forces in the country.

The leak drove a wedge between the two countries and it remains to be seen whether the United States will put politics in the way of humanitarian need.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.