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Authorities speed up to protect Dadu

Dadu FloodKARACHI: The authorities on Monday were racing to protect the two southern cities and their 360,000 inhabitants of the surge flooding, as the nation’s struggling to cope with the worst natural disaster in living memory.

One month after the monsoon rains caused devastating floods across the country, plunging an area the size of England, eight million people remain dependent on aid for their survival, which many say is too slow in coming.

Promotion of water continue to threaten the cities of Sindh province, where 19 of the 23 districts were flooded, displacing over 2.8 million people, according to regional authorities.

“Things are getting serious, we have employed all the possible resources on the embankments to save the remaining towns and villages of Dadu district,” Dharejo said.

District coordination officer Iqbal Memon said Johi was more in danger from the advancing floods.

“The floodwaters are fast heading towards Johi town after inundating most parts of Khairpur Nathan Shah and Mehar towns and several surrounding villages in Dadu district,” he said.

“For two days, we are employing all available means to strengthen the protective embankments around Dadu and Johi but the threat still remains,” he said.

About 80 per cent of the Johi’s population of 60,000 had already fled to safer areas. Memon, however, asked the 300,000 residents of Dadu not to panic.

“The people of Dadu city should remain vigilant for any serious situation that could come across,” he said.

The UN has warned that the slow pace of aid pledges could impede relief operations and says Pakistan faces a triple threat to food supplies — with seeds, crops and incomes hit.

The floods have ruined 3.6 million hectares of rich farmland, and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said farmers urgently needed seeds to plant for next year’s crops.

Prime Minister Gilani has warned that the country faces inflation of up to 20 per cent and slower growth because of the disaster.

The floods have killed 1,760 people but disaster officials have said the number of deaths is likely to rise “significantly” when the missing are accounted for.

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