DADU, Pakistan: Authorities in southern Pakistan are planning to breach the Indus Highway, a key transportation link in the country, to allow water flow and prevent flooding in the town of Dadu, officials said. said on Sunday (September 11).
Record monsoons and melting glacial floods in northern Pakistan have hit 33 million people, killed at least 1,391, and swept away homes, roads, railroads, livestock and crops.
There are at least three points in the Dadu district where the Indus Highway is submerged and traffic has been suspended for weeks. Meanwhile, other Pakistan highways linking the north and south have also been hit hard by the floods.
“All the other floods that hit parts of the country are in recovery phases, but until and unless these floods, hill torrents, finally pass, we are still on our toes. Syed Murtaza Ali Shah District Commissioner Metropolitan Ward added on Sunday that this could mean a highway violation.
A United Nations agency identified Pakistan’s needs to develop a post-disaster recovery plan after the country recorded 391mm of rainfall in July and August, almost 190% above the 30-year average. I started working on the evaluation.
The southern province of Sindh saw 466% more precipitation than average. Also, the location of Dadu District with a population of 1.5 million means that all floods pass through it.
“90% of the Dadu district is flooded. The town of Dadu is still under threat and we are trying to protect it,” Shah told Reuters, adding that the government has not decided to build the embankment. It added that it provided all the necessary machinery and materials for
More than 200 prisoners from Dadu Prison have been transferred to Hyderabad, he added.
Guterres told reporters on Saturday that the international community needed to do more to help countries hit hardest by climate change, including Pakistan.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/pakistan-breach-main-highway-protect-town-dadu-floods-2932046 Pakistan breaches highway to protect Dadu town from floods