The worst floods in Pakistan's history washed out independence day celebrations Saturday, as the U.N. confirmed the waterborne disease cholera has been found in the disaster zone.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says the catastrophic floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have affected 20 million people. Many of those have lost their homes; others were displaced temporarily, but it is not clear if they have returned to their homes.
The government canceled independence day celebrations as floods triggered by monsoon downpours continued to devastate a region where aid workers say 6 million people need humanitarian assistance.
U.N. officials confirmed the first case of cholera in Mingora, in the northwestern district of Swat. Other cases of the deadly disease are suspected and aid workers are treating thousands of cases of acute watery diarrhea.
The Pakistan disaster Authority is putting the death toll at 1313 people however aid organizations are of the view that that number could rise to 1500 people. As much as 50 percent of the country has been inundated, causing loss of crops and, in some areas, wiping out 80 percent of all farm animals.