(BBC News) Floods wiped out so much of Pakistan’s livestock that families are struggling to afford animals to sacrifice, reports suggest.

Prices have rocketed by 30-50% ahead of the Eid festival, when Muslims sacrifice an animal to distribute meat to family, friends and the poor, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan. It quotes traders in Lahore’s major Bakra Mandi as saying goats are going for a princely 30,000 rupees ($283; £174) and a cow for about twice that. Downhearted shoppers are worried that relatively few will be able to afford the sacrifice this year.

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