STORY: Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in northern Pakistan on Saturday (August 27) after a fast-rising river destroyed a major bridge, as deadly floods cause devastation across the country.
Downstream, fears of flooding around the river banks prompted around 180,000 people in the district of Charsadda to flee their homes, according to disaster officials, with some spending the night on highways with their livestock.
“When I saw the water coming, I saved the women and children. When I returned here there was a lot of water, and then I saved the cattle. After that there was no chance to return here because there was lot of water here,” Charsadda resident Amir Khan said.
Historic monsoon rains and flooding in Pakistan have affected more than 30 million people over the last few weeks, the country's climate change minister said, calling the situation a "climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions".