Millions of Pakistan children still missing school after devastating flooding

More than two million children in areas of Pakistan devastated by summer floods are still missing school, the UN children's agency said.

The deluge, which began in mid-June, damaged or destroyed nearly 27,000 school buildings, Unicef said, adding it will likely be weeks or months before flood waters completely subside.

In some places, rooftops of the school buildings are only just starting to emerge, it said.

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The record-breaking floods - which were worsened by climate change - killed 1,735 people and displaced 33 million, mostly in the hardest-hit provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan.

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According to Pakistani officials, 647 children were among those killed.

Unicef has set up more than 500 temporary learning centres in flood-hit districts and provided support and school supplies for teachers and flood victims.

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China has so far been the largest contributor in response to Pakistan floods, followed by Washington, which has given £86.2 million in aid since June. The World Bank has estimated that the floods caused £35.5 billion in damages.

Flood affected children attend makeshift school organized by Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, in Sukkur, Pakista. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)



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