Article: Flood-stricken Pakistan seeks to improve weather forecasts

JACOBABAD, Pakistan (AlertNet) –  Ghulam Qadir suffered a heart attack when he saw the rushing floodwaters swamping the rice crop he had been about to harvest in the village of Bakhshapur.

“My father crashed to the ground in agony when he saw the damage to his 22 acres (8.9 hectares) of rice,” said Qadir’s 21-year-old son Bilal Hussain. “His life was saved by quick medical attention, but doctors say it will take months for him to recover from the shock.”

Qadir, 49, is one of about 4.8 million people affected by the monsoon rains – the heaviest for more than a century – that lashed the country in the first two weeks of September, killing more than 420 people, injuring nearly 3,000 and devastating 2.2 million acres (890,000 hectares) of crops.

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