Pakistan's worst-ever floods are now sweeping through the province of Sind, after first savaging the Punjab.
Pakistan's worst-ever floods are now sweeping through the province of Sind, after first savaging the Punjab. Scores of towns and villages along the River Indus are being hastily evacuated as the swollen watercourse rampages almost uncontrolled. Two major breaches have been smashed in the embankments and the floods are defeating all efforts to seal them.
Unofficial reports put the death toll at 1,800, with several thousand more missing. Preliminary estimates put flood damage at GPB 240 million sterling ($576,000,000 U.S.) In an appeal for urgent relief aid, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto said Pakistan was a very poor country, with inadequate reserves to meet such emergencies.
The descent of the floods on the sind has made relief operations easier in the Punjab, where the water-level is dropping. But there are reports of outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dysentery, that will compound the disaster.