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Friday, August 6, 2010

Indus in peak flood at Guddu and Sukkur

SUKKUR: Indus passing through Guddu and Sukkur in peak flood in southern Sindh province in Pakistan as the worst monsoon rains in decades left an ever lengthier trail of death and destruction in the nation.The water flow in Indus at Guddu has crossed over 9,00,000 cusecs and 6,00,000 cusecs at Sukkur Barrage in Sindh affecting upward of four million people. Much of the destruction has come from the mighty Indus River, which in better times irrigates vast swaths of farmland.The floods have hit hard to the Katcha area of Kashmore, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Sukkur and Larkana areas. River embankments were being strengthened and people from the areas under threat being evacuated to safer places. Local villagers said they are moving to safer places on their own without any assistance from the authorities. The administration sources said the people were informed about the food threat ahead of the time but they refused to leave their villages. Rising floodwater posing threat to K.K. and Tori protective bunds. The bunds were also broken during floods in 70s and indundated large swathes of the farmland, officials said. River embankments were being strengthened and people evacuated from low lying villages in Sukkur district in Sindh province, said regional irrigation minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo.The water flow is increasing in the Indus Rives as about 500,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of the Indus river basin in Sindh.Officials say 19 of Sindh’s 23 districts have been put on high alert.Kashmore, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Larkana and Khairpur districts are considered high priority, and operations to evacuate vulnerable populations in low-lying areas are under way, according to Khair Muhammad Kalwar, Director of operations at Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)

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