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Another breach made to contain overflow at Manchar Lake

The embankment at Sindh’s Manchar Lake was breached at two additional points to reduce the water level and threat to nearby areas.

Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro has said that despite the controlled breach in Manchar Lake on Sunday, water level had not receded; adding that pressure in Dadu, Khairpur, Nathan Shah and Mehar would be eased after new cuts.

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According to details, in order to lower the dangerously high water level, breaches were made at two more points near RD-50 and RD-52 points.

Currently, hundreds of villages along the Indus Highway near Sehwan toll plaza and Bobak-sehwan link road have been inundated by the lake’s water in Jaffarabad and Wahar union councils.

Heavy pressure in the MNV drain has put thousands of residents of Dadu at risk with water level just one foot below the drain at Kari Mori. For strengthening the drain, machinery has reached Kari Mori.

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According to Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, although the flood water was diverted, but the threat was still far from over.

Authorities had first made a breach in Manchar Lake on Sunday, displacing up to 100,000 people from their homes but saving more densely populated areas from the floodwater.

Aside from historic rainfall, southern Pakistan has had to contend with increased flooding as a surge of water flowed down the Indus River. The country has already received nearly three times the 30-year average rainfall in the quarter through August, totaling 390.7 millimeters (15.38 inches).

Sindh, with a population of 50 million, was hardest hit, getting 464% more rain than the 30-year average. Being downstream on the Indus River, the southern parts of the country have witnessed swelling river waters flowing from the north. The country’s limited dams and reservoirs are already overflowing and cannot be used to stop downstream flows.



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