Saadi Town in danger after breach in Thaddo Dam

Published: September 1, 2017
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A lopsided car floats in water neear Saadi Town following from a breached water channel in Gadap. PHOTO: PPI.

A lopsided car floats in water neear Saadi Town following from a breached water channel in Gadap. PHOTO: PPI.

KARACHI: A 150-feet breach in the Thaddo Dam led to massive amount of water gushing out and flooding nearby areas in the outskirts of Karachi on Thursday.

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Usman Khaskheli Goth and Amir Bux Goth, housing 6,000 residents, along with Saadi Town were reportedly flooded as a result of the breach. After a video of the breach surfaced on social media, the government took action and the district administration sought the Pakistan Navy’s help in the rescue operations. Evacuation of the residents has started and the operation is under way.

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The Thaddo Dam is a retention dam built near Karachi on the Malir River for storing rainwater. A breach in the dam also occurred in 2013, which resulted in the flooding of nearby areas, including Saadi Town. The water has started to enter Saadi Town and it is feared that if necessary actions are not taken, it will result in a catastrophe similar to what happened in 2013.

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