Pakistan tries hard to prevent the lake from overflowing.

Date: 2022-09-06
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Authorities in Pakistan are battling to prevent their largest lake from overflowing its banks after a desperate attempt to drain it failed. After days of unprecedented monsoon rainfall, the water levels in Manchar Lake in the southeast Pakistani province of Sindh have risen to dangerously high levels.
Up to 100,000 people were forced from their homes as a result of the effort to breach it.
However, the province's irrigation minister told Reuters on Monday that the lake's water level had "not decreased."
Half of the nation's food is produced in Sindh province, escalating worries that there could be severe food shortages in a nation already dealing with an economic crisis.
According to Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency, floods in the country have killed at least 1,314, including 458 children, and have affected 33 million people.
According to estimates, the flooding has cost at least $10 billion (£8.5 billion) in damage.
After flooding two small villages on Sunday, authorities breached the lake in an effort to stop it from further breaching its banks and flooding more densely populated regions.
However, the action ran the prospect of displacing 135,000 people, living in 400 communities, from their homes. Villagers were advised to leave by officials over the weekend.
However, authorities claimed on Monday that the lake's water levels had remained dangerously high.
Water levels have not decreased, according to Jam Khan Shoro, the provincial irrigation minister, who declined to say whether further efforts would be made to remove the river's swollen banks.
Pakistan is currently experiencing one of its greatest climate-related natural disasters in recent memory as a result of unprecedented heavy rains, melting glaciers in the country's northern highlands, and disastrous floods that have inundated about a third of its landmass.
According to the UN agency for children, Unicef, Pakistan's lack of clean water puts more children at risk of contracting diseases and dying as a result.
The catastrophe has also brought to light the stark disparity between the nations that contribute the most to climate change and those that experience its worst effects.

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