Flooding Worsens in Southern Pakistan, Residents Flee
pankaj kumar | August 28, 2010 at 05:35 amby
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No respite from rain and flood in pakistan now the southern area of pakistan is flooded after the heavy rain in india led to high water level in the pakistani rivers .
Authorities in southern Pakistan say flooding in the region is getting worse as the swollen Indus river breaches more barriers and threatens to inundate towns in Sindh province.
Officials said Saturday evacuations from the historic town of Thatta have emptied it of about three-quarters of its 300,000 residents. Levees protecting the town have been breached several times in recent days, although floodwaters have not yet reached its center.
Pakistani authorities have been working to repair the barriers. Many residents of the region have taken shelter in an ancient burial ground on Makli Hill, sitting out in the open with their cattle and belongings as they wait for help.
The United Nations says flooding in the region has displaced about 1 million people since Wednesday. The floods that began one month ago in Pakistan's mountainous north before moving south have left 8 million people dependent on aid for their survival.
U.N. officials in Pakistan appealed Saturday for an intensified international response to the disaster, which has killed at least 1,600 people and affected up to 20 million.