100,000 more displaced by lake burst in Pakistan: UN

Some 100,000 more people have been displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan where massive floods have already affected millions of people, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 12:26 PM IST

Karachi: Some 100,000 more people have been
displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan where
massive floods have already affected millions of people, a UN
spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Manchar lake in southern Sindh province overflowed on
Friday, forcing people living in the area to seek refuge
elsewhere, UN spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said.

"More than a hundred thousand (have) been displaced. Not
only houses, but boats were also found in pieces (in the
affected areas, and) crops are completely washed away,"
Giuliano said.

Jam Saifullah Dharejo, the provincial irrigation minister
said: "The burst in the lake has affected a large population
in Jamshoro district, but we cannot estimate the exact number
of people affected, they are in thousands."

"Sindh continues to host the largest number of
flood-displaced people, in addition to experiencing the worst
of the current flooding," a UN statement said separately.

The UN estimates that there are currently 1.2 million
people in 6,300 camps and settlements across Pakistan with
more than 80 per cent of them in Sindh.

Some 21 million people have been affected by floods that
have ravaged Pakistan, according to UN figures, including 12
million who need emergency food aid.

Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in
late July causing floods that swept south across the country,
wiping out villages and farmland. The official death toll
remains at just over 1,700 people.

World powers made fresh aid pledges for Pakistan`s flood
disaster on Sunday, after a two-billion-dollar UN appeal.

PTI