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Pakistan counting economic cost of flood reconstruction

The deadliest floods in Pakistan's history have left the country in tatters.

Apart from the human loss, the devastation is threatening to derail the economy. According to one government official, the country will need to spend almost $15bn on recovery efforts.

That could derail its attempt to reduce its budget deficit. To further complicate matters the destruction of crops is likely to drive up food prices and in turn accelerate inflation.

The BBC's Mike Wooldridge reports from Islamabad.

  • 18 Aug 2010
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