DADU: To allow water to flow and avert flooding in the town of Dadu, authorities in southern Pakistan intend to break the Indus Highway, a crucial transportation route.
33 million people have been displaced by the recent floods in the nation, which are the result of a record monsoon and glacial melt in the north.
There have been 1,391 fatalities, and homes, roads, railways, cattle, and crops have all been destroyed.
The damage is currently projected to be $30 billion.
Flooding and other extreme weather events have been attributed to climate change by the government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The Indus Highway is inundated at three locations in the Dadu area, and traffic has been halted for weeks.
Due to the flooding, the other roadway that links Pakistan’s north and south has also suffered damage.
Syed Murtaza Ali Shah, the District Commissioner of Dadu, said on Sunday that “all the other flood-hit portions of the country are going into (to) rehabilitation phase, but we are still on our toes till and unless these flood waters, hill torrents […] eventually pass.”
He continued by saying that doing so might require crossing the highway.
Based on an evaluation of the needs of those affected, U.N. agencies have started creating a reconstruction plan for Pakistan after the disaster.
391 mm (15.4 inches) of rain have already fallen on the country in July and August, which is about 190% more than the 30-year normal.
With a population of 1.5 million, Dadu is situated in a district where all the flood waters travel since Sindh’s southern region has had 466% more rain than typical.
Shah claimed that the government had donated the tools and supplies needed to construct a dike.
Given that Dadu jail is located in a depression, more than 200 inmates have also been transferred to Hyderabad.
On Saturday, Guterres said that more needed to be done by the international community to assist nations that have been severely impacted by climate change, starting with Pakistan.