Pakistan’s largest lake overflows dangerously, putting thousands at risk
After weeks of torrential monsoon rains, Pakistan’s largest freshwater lake began to overflow in early September, putting thousands of people at risk of losing their homes, new satellite images have shown.
The images, captured by NASA’s Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 satellites, show breaches in the shores of Lake Manchhar, some of which were made intentionally by local authorities to prevent the overfilled lake from spilling into densely populated areas of the Indus Valley. , reported Geo News.
The images show the situation before the July 25 floods, then detail the increasing extent of the floods on August 28 and September 5.
Some 100,000 people living in several hundred villages scattered across the valley are at risk of flooding due to the breaches, NASA officials wrote in a statement, Geo News reported.
The floods, described as Pakistan’s worst in at least a decade, have killed more than 1,300 people and injured thousands more.
Over a million homes have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people are currently displaced.
Sindh, where Lake Manchhar is located, is one of the worst affected by the floods.
The region has already received five times its average annual rainfall this year, NASA said in the statement.
More rain is likely in the coming days, according to UK meteorologist Met Office.
The government declared a national emergency on August 30, requesting international support to provide food, clean water, medical supplies and assistance to affected communities.
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