SINDH FACES FRESH FLOOD THREAT,THIS TIME FROM MANCHAR LAKE
THE WORST DOES NOT SEEM TO OVER YET,MORE PEOPLE ARE DESTINED TO GET DESPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTIES.
New floods threat in Pakistan
Six weeks after the start of Pakistan's devastating floods, waters pouring into a lake in the south of the country are threatening several towns and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, officials said today.
As floodwaters make their way to the Arabian Sea, new towns in Sindh province are being inundated as embankments constructed to protect cities and towns in the traditional flood plains are now channeling water into new areas, including Lake Manchar.
Tens of thousands of people have fled towns in the Dadu district of Sindh, and officials said more were asked to leave after water, flowing from a breached embankment, reached a dangerous point in the lake, Pakistan's largest freshwater lake.
"Our entire concentration is now on Dadu district as the water is just a few inches from overtopping the Manchar Lake that could threaten many towns," said relief commissioner Riaz Ahmed Soomro.
Officials say several towns around the lake including Bhon and Jhingira are in danger of inundation, threatening an estimated 250,000 people.
"All my seven brothers and their families are now dependent on me as they are all farmers and floods have washed away their lands and crops," said Abdul Ghani, a school teacher, whose village upstream from Manchar Lake has already flooded.
The floods are Pakistan's worst-ever natural disaster in terms of damage, with more than six million people forced from their home and 20 million people affected.
The calamity has killed more than 1,750 people, and aid agencies have warned that millions more are still at risk of death if emergency food and shelter are not provided.
The government estimates losses at $43 billion and says the gross domestic product could be around 2.5 per cent, from the original target of 4.5 per cent for the 2010/11 fiscal year.
As well as grappling with economic problems, Pakistan faces a new wave of suicide and bomb attacks carried out by pro-Taliban Pakistani militants after a lull during the floods.
More than 160 people have been killed attacks on security forces in the past two weeks in the country, whose support is seen as crucial for US efforts to stabilise Afghanistan.
God is punishing Sindhis for their Blind support to the Waderas.
Let us see if they get the message !
It is also an opportunity for them to rise up and overthrow their exploiters and waderas
Very good remarks. It seems you are suffering Sindhi Phobia.
I can respond to this by saying that then Why Pathans are punished. But I will not do that. Because I beleive most of Pathans are good muslims and are our brothers. All these problems faced by them and us are just a Test (Azmaish). One who keeps his faith intact in this Test will be successful.
Be careful in future in giving remarks about Sindhis in such a way. We are non entity to decide why something is happening to some community in certain part of world. Only Allah knows that.