Half-a-million people have been evacuated from Pakistan's Sindh
province as rising floodwaters threatened to inundate several towns
in the region, a media report said Friday.
Authorities Thursday night ordered all residents in Thatta city to
evacuate to safer places. People fled in vans, buses and on carts
laden with furniture, while some went on foot leading their
livestock, Geo TV reported.
An official said three towns were threatened by fresh floods.
Low-lying areas flanking the road from Hyderabad to Thatta town were
submerged, as workers frantically used bulldozers to build
A breach in the Thatta embankment has inundated many villages and
was threatening to submerge more areas. "We have asked about 400,000
people in Sujawal, Mirpur Bhattero and Darooan to leave for safer
places," said Hadi Bakhsh Kalhoro, a senior official in Thatta
The Shahdadkot city, where people had been asked to leave their
homes, has been flooded after a breach in Kirthar canal.
Floodwaters have also threatened to enter the Garhi Khuda Bakhsh
village, where Benazir Bhutto, her father, and her two younger
brothers are buried. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army has been assigned
to monitor all embankments.