By  on August 17, 2010

LAHORE, Pakistan — The worst floods in Pakistan’s history have disrupted the lives of 20 million people, with much of the devastation in smaller towns and villages near rivers, including the standing cotton crop.

The crop, at the point of being harvested, has taken a substantial hit with 10 to 30 percent ravaged by the floodwaters. Industry analysts estimated 700,000 acres of cotton cropland is under water and from 1 to 3 million bales out of an estimated 2010 harvest of 14 million bales of cotton, has been laid waste. This includes about 5 percent of the crop in Punjab and 20 percent in the harder hit province of Sindh.

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