President Yahya Khan of Pakistan drove, walked and waded round Dacca on Wednesday (5 August) on a personal tour of inspection of flood-affected areas.
President Yahya Khan of Pakistan drove, walked and waded round Dacca on Wednesday (5 August) on a personal tour of inspection of flood-affected areas. After his emergency cabinet meeting in Dacca on Saturday (August 8) the President is now reported to be considering a two-month postponement of the country's first one-man, one-vote elections, due on October 5, because of the seriousness of the flood situation.
Dacca is the capital of the low-lying East Pakistan Province, where monsoon flooding has affected about 30 million people, and 100 people have died.
The President visited the Sarafatganj community centre, to see for himself the vaccination campaign being carried on there.
He also visited two relief camps in the city, and the severely flooded areas of Mohammadpur, Gandaria, and Sadarghat.
The President summoned Saturday's Cabinet meeting as both Dacca and the nearby jute centre of Narayanganj were threatened with further flooding and the Ganges and the Sitalakhyia rivers rose another six inches (15 CM).
Many mills on the banks of the rivers are already partly flooded, and any further rise in the waters will close many of them.
Rail traffic between Dacca and Narayanganj has all but ceased, with tracks six feet (nearly two metres) under water in many places.
The situation in Northern districts of East Pakistan is improving, an official said on August 8.
Pakistan air force planes have flown in about 45 tons of supplies which are being distributed by army helicopters to camps housing thousands of people evacuated from stricken areas.