Flood-hit Pakistan crosses a lake in an attempt to save densely populated cities

Water levels in Lake Manchar, located in the southeastern province of Sindh, reached dangerously high levels on Sunday, prompting authorities to deliberately breach the lake, according to Jamal Mangan, special secretary at the Pakistan irrigation.

The water released from the lake flowed into neighboring Jaffarabad and Bubak districts, aiming to spare Sindh’s most populated towns, including Sehwan, Dadu and Bhan Syedabad, from the worst floods, according to Mangan.

Record monsoon rains that have hit Pakistan and melting glaciers in the country’s northern mountains have affected 33 million people, or 15% of its population, according to government officials and aid organizations.
A third of Pakistan has been left underwater after experiencing the heaviest rains on record, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). Some areas, particularly the southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, saw five times their normal levels of monsoon rain.

The death toll since mid-June rose to 1,305 on Sunday – with almost a third of the victims being children – according to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Three million children are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across Pakistan due to increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition, UNICEF warned in a statement on Wednesday.

Several international aid agencies began arriving in flood-ravaged Pakistan on Monday, delivering much-needed food, clean water and medicine to victims of what the United Nations called a “steroid monsoon”.

“It won’t be over in two months”

Dr Deedar Hussain of Pakistan’s health department said he feared an outbreak of waterborne diseases if the floodwaters did not recede quickly enough.

“Many patients have come to see us. According to our register, we have received 16,000 patients (from the whole district). Most of the patients suffer from allergies due to the (flood) water, and there are patients with diarrhea and fever. There are also patients with malaria as we perform malaria parasite tests on them,” Hussain told Reuters on Saturday.

Displaced families wait to receive medicine at a distribution point in Sukkur, Pakistan, September 4, 2022.

Aurélie Godet, press secretary for Doctors of the World, told CNN on Thursday that the floodwaters had washed away everything.

“Survivors need to start from scratch. They urgently need dignified shelter, affordable food, access to health and basic necessities. But it won’t be over in two months, they need ‘long-term help,’ said Godet.

Godet said children come to their clinics with serious foot injuries because they don’t have shoes. And she added that some people cannot afford their usual medicines due to price increases which also make food too expensive, even outside the flood zone.

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“In the driest areas, survivors tell us that a difference now for them is the price of food, as the roads are inaccessible. It is four times the market price. eat,” she said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Aug. 30 that the floods were “the worst in the country’s history” and estimated the calamity had caused more than $10 billion in damage to infrastructure, homes and farms.
According to the charity Action Against Hunger, 27 million people in the country did not have access to enough food before the floods, and now the risk of widespread starvation is even more imminent.

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