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Pakistan Flood: Officials struggle to stop the biggest lake from overflowing

Pakistan Flood: Officials struggle to stop the biggest lake from overflowing

Pakistani authorities are struggling to stop their biggest lake from bursting its banks after failed last-ditch attempts to lower water levels.

Manchar Lake, in Sindh province, is dangerously full after record monsoons that inundated one-third of Pakistan. Three breaches of the lake bank have already been done, two to protect nearby areas, and over 100,000 people have been displaced so far. But it could still overflow, and rescue teams are racing to evacuate many more people who remain at risk of drowning.

Pakistani officials breached Manchar Lake after it had flooded two rural towns on Sunday. The hope was the move would prevent it from further bursting its banks and inundating more densely-populated areas. The movement affected a total of 135,000 people and an estimated 400 villages. Manchar Lake straddles two districts, Jamsoro and Dadu, both are home to thousands of people, and about 80% of the region is underwater. Therefore, the decision to deliberately flood some villages is a controversial one. Now residents near the lake are using government machinery to strengthen barriers to avoid a catastrophic overspill.

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency said that Flood in Pakistan have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,314, including 458 children. Estimates suggest the Pakistan's flood has caused at least $10bn damage.

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