Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Authorities warn of more floods as heavy rains fall
08-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Post: #1
Authorities warn of more floods as heavy rains fall
SUKKUR: Heavy rain lashed the makeshift camps housing Pakistan's flood survivors Monday and authorities warned of more flooding this week, adding to the urgency of the massive international relief effort.

Pakistan's worst floods in recorded history began more than two weeks ago in the mountainous northwest and have spread throughout the country. Some 20 million people and 160,000 square kilometres of land — about 1/5 of the country — have been affected.

''Floods seem to be chasing us everywhere,'' said 45-year-old Ali Bakhsh Bhaio, as monsoon downpours pounded his tent beside the major highway in Sukkur, a hard-hit area in Sindh province.

The Sindh irrigation minister, Jam Saifullah Dharejo, said the dam in Sukkur faced a major test of its strength as floodwaters coursed down the Indus River into Pakistan's highly populated agricultural heartland.

''The coming four to five days are still crucial,'' he said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew over the flood-hit area Sunday and said he had never seen a disaster on such a scale. He urged the international community to speed up assistance.

The world body has appealed for an initial $460 million to provide relief, of which around 60 per cent has been given.

The latest flooding over the weekend hit a poor region on the border between Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

Sher Khan Bazai, the top government official in Nasirabad district, said 25,000 families had been made homeless by waters eight feet high in some places. He said that some 4,000 small villages had been either cut off or washed out.

''Water is everywhere,'' he said.

Once the floods recede, billions more will be needed for reconstruction and getting people back to work in the already-poor nation of 170 million people. The International Monetary Fund has warned that the floods could dent economic growth and fuel inflation.

While local charities and international agencies have helped hundreds of thousands of people with food, water, shelter and medical treatment, the scale of the disaster has meant that many millions have received little or no assistance. The UN has voiced fears that disease in overcrowded and unsanitary relief camps may yet cause more deaths.
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Gwadar Updates Approval By Authorities LRE-Azan 0 29 11-18-2021 08:27 PM
Last Post: LRE-Azan
  Development projects face delay due to rains Salman 0 4,853 03-31-2014 07:36 PM
Last Post: Salman
  PM directs authorities to restore heritage sites Salman 0 3,074 03-18-2014 01:45 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Capital Development Authorities Mulls The Provision Of Civic Amenities To Residents Salman 0 2,928 01-22-2014 03:12 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Legal battles take heavy toll on CDA working Salman 0 4,436 12-17-2013 01:42 PM
Last Post: Salman
  ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / KARACHI : Rise and fall in property prices Salman 0 6,550 11-25-2013 01:35 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Operation Against Encroachments Will Be Undertaken - Ravi Town Authorities Salman 0 5,442 09-27-2013 04:03 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Development Authorities To Get Control Over Housing Department Schemes Salman 0 9,396 09-20-2013 05:36 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Authorities Plan To Build Underpasses And An Overhead Bridge In The DHA Lahore Salman 0 7,299 09-12-2013 08:22 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Lahore : Gowaha residents in trouble as rain floods Rohi Nullah Salman 0 4,754 06-19-2013 12:18 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Zulfikarabad city project Nationalists warn of strong reaction Salman 0 3,370 07-19-2012 12:37 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Several City roads cannot withstand rains Salman 0 2,918 04-21-2012 12:34 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Defence power plant likely to fall under new management Salman 0 5,020 02-01-2012 01:15 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Selling shrine land: Civic authorities admit illegality Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,980 10-29-2011 03:39 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Authorities fail to implement ban on cubicles in Internet cafes Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,764 10-01-2011 02:39 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Tax free drive costs city heavy Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,791 05-20-2011 12:00 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Mitsubishi Electric suffers profit fall in March quarter Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,728 05-17-2011 11:21 AM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Fall of America starts now...? LRE 2 5,978 12-28-2010 10:38 PM
Last Post: LRE
  Dhakka Fall: Instrument of Surrender (Signed by Tiger Niazi) LRE 5 8,824 12-21-2010 08:39 PM
Last Post: LRE
  Oil prices fall back Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,432 12-18-2010 03:11 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate

Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)