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Waters recede as tent cities spring up.

SUKKUR, Aug. 13 -- Water levels receded in flood-affected areas on Thursday, but survivors endured grim conditions in makeshift tent cities.

Flood warnings remained in place for some towns in Punjab and Sindh, but forecasters predicted only scattered rain, and many survivors were instead broiling in unbearable heat.

"The water level is receding in Indus, Chenab and Swat rivers and the water tendency is falling at Tarbela dam," said chief meteorologist Arif Mehmood.

The relief focus was switching to an estimated two million people who require shelter after fleeing flood-hit areas, as tents spring up along main roads and on the edge of major towns and cities.

"We estimate that at least two million require shelter and we've provided a quarter of that already," said Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

"Today the deliveries of tents and other shelter materials has started in Punjab and we're gearing up for Sindh," he said.

In Sindh, the provincial government said water levels had receded at the two main barrages, although flood waters remained high.

"The exodus of people to large conurbations is turning into a 'huge humanitarian crisis', putting an extra burden on local economies and infrastructure," said Sindh government spokesman Jameel Soomro. "We have a plan to shift flood victims to tent cities... More than 100,000 people have arrived in Sukkur from different flood-hit areas, which is more than five percent of the city's population," he said. "We are using all our resources to provide victims with food, medicine and shelter amid reports about outbreak of water-borne diseases," he said.

Authorities in Ghotki have warned that floodwater poses a serious threat to the industrial zone located in the district.

The water level in Indus River at Sukkur is falling down, but is still a danger. However, water outflow has been continuously rising at Kotri Barrage.

Punjab: In Punjab, one of the worst affected areas is Muzaffargarh, where officials said up to 400,000 people had been evacuated and rising waters posed a risk of flooding the town in the next 24 to 36 hours. In the area of Kot Sabzal near Rahim Yar Khan, the National Highway has been inundated. However, officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said there was no danger of flooding in Peshawar, Nowshehra and the Warsak Dam. Water level is also receding in Swat. agencies

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 13, 2010
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