More heavy rains predicted for Pakistan

Other News Materials 24 August 2010 09:52 (UTC +04:00)

An international research agency has predicted more rain for different parts of Pakistan as the country is suffering from weeks of heavy flooding that has devastated the country, Press TV reported.

The International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society at Columbia University says there is no let-up in downpours in Pakistan.

"Very heavy rainfall has been forecast over Rajasthan and contiguous East, East-Central and North-West Pakistan," IRI said in a report on Monday.

The report further added that the Punjab region will receive extremely heavy downpours.

"North-West India would continue to receive heavy to very heavy recorded rainfall during the six-day period ending Thursday," the institute predicted.

More than 1,600 people have lost their lives and 20 million have been affected by nearly a month of flooding which has engulfed a fifth of the country. Disaster is far from over as the country braces itself for a fresh wave of floods in the country's south.

In the meantime, the country is holding talks with officials of the International Monetary Fund to ease a nearly $11 billion loan amid its hard time dealing with the flooding.

Islamabad says it would take years to rehabilitate the country after the devastating floods.

"Your guess is as good as mine, but three years is a minimum," Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari told reporters Monday when asked how long it would take Pakistan to go through relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation after the floods.

He warned that his impoverished and volatile country is facing drastic problems.

"I don't think Pakistan will ever fully recover but we will move on," Zardari said, adding that the government was working to protect people from potential future flooding.