Floods finally heading to Arabian Sea.
ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2010 (Frontier Star): Floodwaters that have
devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday
after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering
emergency aid to 8 million people remained. Waters have begun to recede in the north and in Punjab, but they have been submerging towns in
southern Sindh province close to the Indus River over the last 10 days.
Government official Hadi Bakhsh said the last two towns in the path of
the floods were hit late Monday. "The floodwaters hit Choohar
Jamali and Jati towns last night, and now there is no other village or
town in the way of the deluge," he said, adding that people had
already fled the towns, parts of which were under 10 feet (3 meters) of
water. "The floodwaters are now heading to the Arabian Sea,"
he said. According to Federal Flood Commission River Indus is flowing in
Exceptionally High Flood Level with falling trend at Kotri Barrage. It
is in High Flood with falling trend at Guddu Barrage and is in Medium
Flood with falling trend at Sukkur Barrage. River Kabul is in Low Flood
with falling trend at Nowshera. River Indus at rest of the locations and
all other main Rivers i.e. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej are flowing
Normal Once all the floodwaters recede, the country will be left with a
massive relief and reconstruction effort that will cost billions of
dollars and take years. An estimated 1 million homes have been damaged
or destroyed, five times as many as were hit by this year's
earthquake in Haiti.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)