Pakistanis Suffer After Devastating Floods
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As if Pakistan didn't have enough trouble, much of the country has gone underwater in recent days. Monsoon rains have swept much of Pakistan, especially the war-torn northwest. The seasonal rains are a regular event, but rarely so severe. Army and navy rescue teams have evacuated more than 20,000 people, and we're told that many more need help. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports on storms that have killed, at a minimum, hundreds of people.
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MCCARTHY: By the hundreds, men, women and children were swept away or crushed under collapsing bridges and mud homes that were no match for the fury of the raging rivers crisscrossing the region.
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MCCARTHY: Muhammad Ateeb Siddiqui is the Director of Operations for the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, the country's largest private humanitarian aid group.
MUHAMMAD ATEEB SIDDIQUI: We've been setting up health camps all over the country because health is another issue that is going to be very, very difficult to handle once the water starts to recede.
MCCARTHY: Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.
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