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Dike of Pakistani lake pierced to protect residents

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A dyke on Lake Manchar in southern Pakistan has been breached. This was done to prevent the lake from flooding and causing even more casualties than there are already in the country due to flooding.

Manchar is the largest freshwater lake in the country and is used for water storage. The water had already reached dangerous levels and the increased pressure posed a threat to surrounding areas in southern Sindh province, the province’s irrigation minister told Reuters news agency. The water must eventually flow to the adjacent Indus River.

More than 100,000 people had to evacuate from towns in the area. It is not known how many of them did so. The crossing will protect the city of Sehwan and the village of Bhan Saeedabad, home to half a million people, Sindh’s information minister told the AP news agency.

The ongoing floods in Pakistan have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,290 people, including 453 children. Sindh is the worst affected province. In the last thirty years, more than 4.5 times more rain has fallen than the average. More rain is forecast for the coming days.

Pakistan holds West co-responsible

Prime Minister Sharif visits flood affected areas. He tweet that the country is facing one of the worst disasters caused by climate change. Earlier this week, the United Nations spoke of an “unprecedented climate catastrophe”.

Nieuwsuur made this video about it:

Is West to blame for Pakistan disaster?

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