Friday, August 27, 2010

Pakistan floods displace 1 million more people

Voice of America: The United Nations says new floods in southern Pakistan have displaced about one million people since Wednesday, worsening the impact of a month-long flooding disaster. U.N. officials said Friday the newly-displaced flood victims were forced to leave their homes in Sindh province as the swollen Indus river burst its banks.

Pakistani authorities ordered people to leave the historic town of Thatta in Sindh after the Indus breached a levee nearby. Tens of thousands of residents began fleeing late Thursday.

The floods that began almost one month ago have devastated a large swath of Pakistan, starting in the mountainous north and shifting to its southern agricultural heartland. The disaster has killed an estimated 1,600 people and affected up to 20 million others….

By mid-August, the extreme monsoon floods that had overwhelmed northwestern Pakistan had traveled downstream into southern Pakistan. This image, acquired by the Landsat 5 satellite on August 12, 2010, shows flooding near Kashmor, Pakistan, just before the second wave of the flood hit.

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