Sunday, August 22, 2010

South Pakistan braces for more floods

SHADADKOT: Floods are threatening to wreak havoc in more areas of south Pakistan in a catastrophe that has sprouted a couple of weeks ago and could not be limited as yet, as more areas are braced for the havoc.
Pakistan's worst floods in decades have toppled villages and bridges, ripped apart roads, killed at least 1,600 people, made more than four million homeless.
Saleh Farooqui, director general of the disaster management authority in southern Sindh province, said floods have hit at least four districts, including urban areas, forcing about 200,000 people to flee for higher ground in the last 24 hours.
"The south part of Sindh is our focus. We have diverted our resources for rescue operations towards that area," he said by telephone.
Officials expect the floodwaters will recede nationwide in the next few days as the last river torrents empty into the Arabian Sea, a local news agency reported.
But when that happens, millions of Pakistanis will almost certainly want the government, which was already constrained by a fragile economy before the flood, to quickly come up with homes and compensation for the loss of livestock and crops.

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