Pakistan floods 'have affected over 30 million people'

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STORY: 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 on Thursday (August 25).

Calling the situation a quote "climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions."

In Quetta on Thursday, people were busy clearing debris from their destroyed houses.

(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LOCAL RESIDENT WHOSE HOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY FLOOD, MEHR ULLAH, SAYING:

“We are retrieving our belongings. Our bedding, cupboards and everything else is here. We are helping ourselves. We did not get anything from government except a tent. I don’t know where to fix it because it is raining continuously.”

Pakistan has urged the international community to help with relief efforts as it struggles to cope with the aftermath of torrential rains that have triggered massive floods since last month, killing more than 900 people.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Thursday that the monsoon rains had affected some 3 million people in Pakistan.

184,000 of them have been displaced to relief camps.

Funding and reconstruction efforts will be a challenge for cash-strapped Pakistan.

The country is having to cut spending to ensure that the International Monetary Fund approves the release of much-needed bailout money.

The National Disaster Management Authority said that in the last 24 hours 150 kilometres of roads had been damaged -- and over 82,000 homes have been partially or fully damaged.