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Pakistan to breach main highway to protect town of Dadu from floods

  • There are at least three points in Dadu district where the Indus Highway is submerged, with traffic suspended for weeks
Published September 12, 2022
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DADU: Authorities in southern Pakistan plan to breach the country's Indus Highway, a key transport link, to allow water to flow and prevent flooding inthe town of Dadu, officials said on Sunday.

Floods from a record monsoon and glacial melt in the north of Pakistan have hit 33 million people and killed at least 1,391 washing away homes, roads, railways, livestock and crops.

Pakistan estimates the cost of the damage at $30 billion, and both the government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres have blamed the flooding, extreme weather and resulting devastation on climate change.

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There are at least three points in Dadu district where the Indus Highway is submerged, with traffic suspended for weeks, while Pakistan's other highway connecting the north and south has also been badly hit by the flood waters.

"All the other floods hit parts of the country are going in(to) rehabilitation phase, but we are still on our toes until and unless these flood waters, hill torrents ... finally pass," Syed Murtaza Ali Shah, District Commissioner of Dadu district said on Sunday, adding this might mean breaching the highway.

U.N. agencies have begun work on assessing Pakistan's needs in order to develop a post-disaster reconstruction plan after the country received 391 mm (15.4 inches) of rain, or nearly 190% more than the 30-year average, in July and August.

Draining floodwater will take 3-6 months, says Sindh CM

The southern province of Sindh has seen 466% more rain than average and location of the Dadu district, with a population of 1.5 million, means all the flood waters pass through it.

"90% of the Dadu district is inundated, Dadu town is still under threat we are trying to protect it," Shah told Reuters, adding that the government had provided all the machinery and material required to build a dike.

Guterres calls for ‘debt swap’ scheme for Pakistan

More than 200 inmates from Dadu jail have been moved to Hyderabad, as the prison is situated in a depression, he added.

Guterres told reporters on Saturday that the international community needed to do more to help countries hit hardest by the effects of climate change, starting with Pakistan.


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Haq Sep 12, 2022 11:12am
Too little, too late.... Politicians & landlords are playing dirty games in Sindh; 1 - didn't develop infrastructure / drainage / monitoring systems 2 - rampant corruption resulted in unfinished projects (Nai Gung dam is under construction for over decade), extremely low quality of work & highly incompetent people 3 - mismanagement to handle flood water coming from Balochistan, by accumulating & flooding poor villagers / farmland (influential land is protected by forced breaches), instead of lowering water levels in canals & draining Manchar lake in advance (as indus flood was still in KPK & Punjab). Once high flood reaches downstream of Sukkhar barrage, Sindh Govt. try to flood an many poor villages / lands as possible, maximizing deaths / displacement / property / cultivation loss 4 - bigger catastrophe means more funds from federal govt & int'l donors, which means bigger corruption & relentless looting in the name of poor displaced / sick people 5 - local mafias, landlords & govt, are making sure that aid / help didn't reach to deserve people (who are living on makeshift roadside shelters, instead busy in looting trucks load of aid goods from different groups / NGOs 5 - int'l aid is all but blocked by Sindh Govt. & will end up in godowns, similar to what they did with 2010 flood relief goods & distributed to poor's long after expiry 6 - most of the wheat stocks is stored in open & flood / heavy rain damages (fungus) it. Now Sindh Govt is distributing / selling rotten / expired wheat to poor flood affectees 6 - almost all the visits by Sindh Govt official, ministers are met with protests by poor flood affectees & forced them to run away. Photo session are especially arranged for dignitaries & media
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