Thousands flee from Pakistan floods


Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing flash floods after being warned to evacuate as the death toll from severe monsoon rains in Pakistan and neighbouring India climbed to 457 people.

Ahmad Kamal, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said the Chenab River breached an embankment early today following a warning the day before.

The floods, which began in the Himalayan region between the two countries on September 3, have flowed down to the plains, affecting more than 1.5 million people in Pakistan. The deluge is the worst since 2010, when some 1,700 people died in flooding in Pakistan.