Pak will overcome flood crisis: Clinton

     US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has offered Independence Day greetings to the people of Pakistan, in which she hopes that the flood-stricken country would overcome the crisis. In a statement issued two days ahead of the Independence Day, Clinton said: "The damage is serious, but I know Pakistan will rebuild. Together, you have overcome significant challenges." "Since gaining independence in 1947, the people of Pakistan have been writing that story, one day at a time. And the Pakistani people will continue to write the story that began 63 years ago," she added. She also reiterated the United States' commitment to further strengthening the relationship with Pakistan, and said that the American people will stand by them in their time of difficulties. Over 1,600 people have been killed and 15 million affected as raging floodwaters continue to wreak havoc in the country. In addition to causing major human loses, it has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, washed away crops and livestock. Relief and rescue work has been hit badly by continuous rains, particularly in the north western region. The United Nations says that Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from the deluge, which is being described as the worst in the last 80 years.

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