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URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR FLOOD-STRICKEN PAKISTAN FARMERS

Baku, August 14 (AZERTAC). As efforts continue to save the lives of Pakistanis stricken by monsoon floodwaters, FAO today warned of serious threats to the livelihoods and food security of millions.

According to FAO, as of today, 13.8 million people are reported to have been directly affected by the disaster and numbers are rising. The devastation left by flood waters in the north and centre of the country may worsen as they continue to head southward.

One hundred percent crop losses have been recorded in many areas and tens of thousands of animals have been killed. Nearly 700 000 hectares of standing crops are under water or destroyed and in many cases surviving animals are without feed, FAO said. The upcoming fall season`s wheat crop is now at risk in a region that is the bread basket of the country.

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