Terrifying moment luxury hotel is swept away by flash floods

Daisy Phillipson

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Terrifying moment luxury hotel is swept away by flash floods

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Shocking footage has emerged showing the moment a luxury hotel was swept away by devastating floods in Pakistan.

The recently renovated New Honeymoon Hotel was one of the biggest and most expensive resorts in Kalam, featuring 150 rooms with stunning decor.

However, a video shared on social media this week showed floods sweeping away the foundations of the building in a matter of seconds as the entire building falls to the ground.

As said by Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University, Pakistan was already suffering from massive economic and political crises.

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Alongside the clip, he wrote on Twitter that the 'unprecedented flood has made country’s situation much worse'.

That there were reportedly no injuries from the hotel incident, as tourists and staff left the building on Wednesday, 24 August, per government instructions.

But the floods, which are a result of a particularly heavy monsoon season, have devastated lives elsewhere in the country.

This year's rainfall has broken new records, causing severe flash floods, hill torrents and urban flooding. 

The latest figures from the National Disaster Management Authority state that 982 people have been killed since mid-June, while 1,456 have been injured.

Millions of people have been affected by the floods. Credit: Xinhua/Alamy Stock Photo
Millions of people have been affected by the floods. Credit: Xinhua/Alamy Stock Photo

The High Commission of Pakistan in London, meanwhile, said that approximately 33 million people have been affected so far, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

As the government has declared an emergency, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is now appealing for international help in dealing with the crisis.

Taking to Twitter, Sharif wrote: "The ongoing rain spell has caused devastation across the country. The losses, though yet to be documented, are comaprable to flash floods of 2010.

"Grateful to the international community for their symapthies, condolences & pledges of support. Together we will build back better."

He later added: "Visiting flood affected areas & meeting people. The magnitude of the calamity is bigger than estimated.

"Times demand that we come together as one nation in support of our people facing this calamity. Let us rise above our differences & stand by our people who need us today."

People can donate to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund 2022 by transferring funds to account number G12164 at any Pakistani bank, or by SMSing 'Fund' to 9999.

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Topics: News, Climate Change, Weather, World News

Daisy Phillipson
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