5 Aug 2010

Flood rescue operation almost complete - army

6:24 am on 5 August 2010

The army in Pakistan says the operation to rescue communities cut off by floods is almost complete.

The army rejects criticism that the official response to the disaster have been too slow. About 1400 people are dead and three million are affected.

The flooding is described as the worst in 80 years.

Aid groups say many people are still cut off and desperate for help.

Major General Athar Abbas says 50,000 troops have been drafted in to help in the rescue operation and have even given their own rations to villagers.