Half A Million Evacuated From Pakistan Floods

Authorities ordered evacuations in the southern province of Sindh as the bloated Indus was predicted to break its banks and swamp villages in the next 48 hours. Pakistan's worst monsoon floods in 80 years have now killed 1,600 and affected at least 12 million according to the government disaster management agency, since torrential rain began in the northwest last week. Major General Athar Abbas, a military spokesman, said: "It is a real crisis all over the country. It is unprecedented floods in our history". "We do not have the kind of resources which really warrant to cope with a situation like this and I think it is needed that the international community should come to our help".The flood threat was described as "imminent" and "extreme" in the province and heavy rain was again forecast in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa". At least 11 districts are at risk of flooding in Sindh, where more than 500,000 people have been relocated to safer places and evacuation still continues," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.