Devastation and disease spread

Published: August 22, 2010
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A Pakistani man pushes his bike through a flooded area in Visandawali village. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani man pushes his bike through a flooded area in Visandawali village. PHOTO: AFP

As the death toll from flood-related incidents rises, torrential water flowing from the River Indus is threatening Mochi Wala after ravaging the Shehar Sultan area of Muzaffargarh on Sunday.

Locals have diverted the water from River Indus towards River Chenab by opening the doors of Shehar Sultan drain, facing the Super Nur dike. Floods have wreaked havoc in Shehar Sultan’s suburban areas forcing residents to evacuate their homes. Locals are making desperate attempts to save their livestock and other belongings.

Shahdadkot threatened

Floodwater is also heading towards Shahdadkot in Sindh as water seeping through protective dykes has reached the city. In order to save the city, the water is being diverted towards Qubo Saeed Khan.

The road link with Kandhkot, Jacobabad, Larkana and Shikarpur has still not been restored after fifteen days.  There are also reports of five people dying of gastroenteritis in the area.

Kotri Barrage floods

High level floods at the Kotri Barrage have also seen 800,000 cusecs of water pass through, flooding Mehran Park in Hussainabad area of Hyderabad. More than a dozen villages have been inundated in Latifabad and Mehrani areas.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan navy is launching a massive rescue operation for flood victims stranded in Thatta. The navy will set up relief and medical camps in the area. So far more than 100,000 people have been shifted from troubled areas in Sindh including Kashmore and Thatta to safer zones. The Sindh government has declared seventeen districts to be calamity hit.

Disease spreads

water-borne diseases are on the rise in Dera Ghazi Khan division where  100,000 people have been diagnosed with gaestroentritis. According to reports, hospitals in the affected area are unable to cope with the surge of patients. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered authorities to spray insecticides in the area to prevent an epidemic outbreak.

Gilgit Baltistan devastation

Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah has said that 395 villages have been destroyed by the recent floods in Gilgit Baltistan.

Speaking to media in Islamabad, the chief minister said that 85,000 people have been affected by flash floods as of Sunday. Shah said that around 72,000 kanals of land is either submerged or has been washed away by the floods. He said that flood water is still not receding in many areas.

Shah said that his government has sought Rs12 billion from the federal government for reconstruction of flood-hit areas. The chief minister said that there is currently no threat of food shortage or disease outbreak in Gilgit Baltistan.

Balochistan flooded

The Balochistan area of Kot Maghsi has seen large-scale flooding on Sunday.  Several villages have been submerged whilst residents have left for safer ground. Kot Magsi is near Jhal Magsi, which has been cut off from the rest of Pakistan for the last ten days.

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