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391 Dadu villages ordered to evacuate | Pk Geo News

By Haris Afzal on Friday, August 27, 2010 with 0 comments

DADU: Raging floodwaters from Hamal Lake may enter Dadu district anytime today, Geo News reported Friday.

DCO Iqbal Memon told Geo News that people of 391 villages of 18 union councils of Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Juhi, districts of Dadu, have been directed to leave.

The capacity of MNV Drain was of 3500 cusecs while the maximum water it can pass was 5000 cusecs.

The rise in water level in Hamal Lake was also recorded while the maximum capacity of the lake was 80000 acre-feet.

The evacuation of Thatta was ordered after the swollen Indus River broke its banks, nearly a month after devastating floods first struck, an official said on Friday.

Floodwaters are beginning to recede across most of the country as the water flows down the Indus, but because of high tides in the Arabian Sea, they still pose a threat to towns such as Thatta, 70 km (45 miles) east of Karachi, in the river delta.

"There was another breach last night which is very close to Thatta and the evacuation has been ordered for the whole city," Riaz Ahmed Soomro, Sindh Relief Commissioner said.

Many people from outlying areas had taken refuge in Thatta, which normally has a population of about 300,000, and now had to move again, he said. There is no threat to the southern business hub of Karachi.

"They've now had double displacement. People are moving to Karachi, Hyderabad and Badin districts," Soomro said.

Category: Pakistan News

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