213 journalists among flood victims
ISLAMABAD: The recent monsoon rains followed by the most devastating floods in the history of the country have also affected the journalist community countrywide where a female journalist Asma Anwar of Nowshera died and houses of more than 213 journalists were completely damaged.
According to data released by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) these journalists belonged to Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Makran, Skardu, Gilgit, Baltistan, Khaplu, Mehdiabad, Kalam, Swat, Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Bajaur, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Malakand, Chitral, Karak, Tank, Dir, Takhtbai, Muzaffargarh, Mianwali, Layyah, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Jhang, Sargodha, Lodhran, Sargodha, Ghotki, Sukkur, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Larkana, Dadu, Nawabshah, Thatta, Jampur, Karpur, and Sanghar.
The PFUJ has appealed to the international community, journalists, human rights organisations and overseas Pakistanis to generously support journalists affected by the floods. In its appeal, the PFUJ said the people of Pakistan, including a large number of journalists, have been hit by the worst-ever floods in the country’s history.
Devastating floods, accompanied by torrential rains, have claimed lives of more than 1,683 people and injured 8,487 while 6,374 villages have been destroyed, 81,187 cattle have perished, and more than 9,893,817 acres of cultivated land has been affected across the country.