Sep 14, 2010

Sindh: Manchhar Lake in Danger of Overflowing

Manchhar Lake in the Sindh province is close to reaching its capacity after the recent floods in Pakistan and if it overflows 200,000 people would be in danger - 42 villages in the province have already been submerged by water from various canals. 


Below is an article published by The News International:


Manchhar Lake mounted to at least 119 feet just short of two feet of its water-containing capacity.

A state of emergency has been announced at the Lake with senior officers from the Irrigation Department stationed to inspect it, as the Lake bunds are under huge pressure with water pouring from different canals.

The flow from various canals has submerged tehsil at least 42 villages including Juhi and Sehwan’s large cities Channi, Jhangara and Bajara with the people of the affected areas on foot to evacuate in large number.

Meantime, the temporary protective embankment raised to save Mehar city the inundation, is withstanding water with a level of 6 feet odd.

Alarmed citizens began to raise the height of the bund under self-help basis.

The water level in Khairpur Nathan Shah also burgeoned to over 1.5 feet, causing the city to sink under seven feet of water.

Flood-besieged Tehsil Juhi is still cut off with the rest of the country on the 8th straight today [14 September 2010].