Pakistan Flooding: Death Toll Rises, Another Disaster Looms

The government of Pakistan is still battling hard to prevent the country’s biggest lake from bursting its banks and inundating nearby towns after unprecedented flooding.

On Monday, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency said the flood death toll has risen by 24.

Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountains have brought floods that have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,314, including 458 children.

The floods have followed record-breaking summer temperatures, and the government and the United Nations have blamed climate change for the extreme weather and the devastation it has brought.

Authorities on Sunday breached Pakistan’s largest freshwater lake, displacing up to 100,000 people from their homes in the hope of draining enough water to stop the lake bursting its banks and swamping more densely populated areas.

However, the water levels in the lake to the west of the Indus river in the southern province of Sindh remain dangerously high.

“The water level at Manchar lake has not come down,” Jam Khan Shoro, the provincial minister for irrigation, said.

He declined to say if another attempt to drain water from the lake would be made.

The floods are a huge burden for an economy already needing help from the International Monetary Fund.

The United Nations has called for $160 million in aid to help the victims of the floods, but Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said the cost of the damage was far higher than that.

(Reuters/NAN)

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