Karachi: Floodwaters inundated a large town
in southern Pakistan today as authorities struggled to build
new levees with clay and stone to prevent one of the area`s
biggest cities from suffering the same fate.
Almost all of Sujawal`s 250,000 residents fled the town
before the water rushed in, but the damage to homes, clinics
and schools added to the widespread devastation the floods
have caused across Pakistan, said Hadi Baksh, a disaster
management official in southern Sindh province.
The floodwaters also threatened Thatta, a historic city
of some 350,000 people who have mostly fled to higher ground.
Thatta is the base of operations for local authorities trying
to cope with a disaster that has overwhelmed the Pakistani
government and international partners who have stepped in to
Authorities rushed to build makeshift levees across the
road connecting Sujawal and Thatta, parts of which were
already flooded, Baksh said.
"We are trying to plug the bridges at three different
points to stop the water flow toward Thatta," said Baksh. "We
are trying all our best efforts."
The floods began in the mountainous northwest about a
month ago with the onset of monsoon rains and have moved
slowly down the country toward the coast in the south,
inundating vast swaths of prime agricultural land and damaging
or destroying more than 1 million homes.