Hungry flood-hit Pakistanis protest lack of help


THATTA, Pakistan — Hundreds of hungry families blocked a highway in Pakistan’s flood-hit south on Wednesday, demanding the government provide more food as the UN warned of a “triple threat” to desperate survivors.

The protest came as under-fire Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the country faced inflation of up to 20 percent and slower economic growth because of the devastating floods, warning of job losses and social unrest.

Up to 500 people from a government-run relief camp in Thatta city, in the worst-affected province of Sindh, blocked the main road between Karachi city and Thatta for three hours calling for the state to provide food and shelter.

“No food or water has been provided to us for the past two days,” Mohammad Qasim, a 60-year-old resident of the flooded town of Sujawal, told AFP.

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