Rain hinders rescue efforts in flood-hit Sindh

Fresh rains hampered rescue efforts in Sindh on Friday as thousands of people trying to leave flood-threatened towns remained stranded, a provincial irrigation minister said.

“Fresh rains have affected rescue and relief efforts and thousands of people are still stranded in different towns of Dadu district,” said Sindh’s irrigation minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo.

He said that more rain was due Saturday, further endangering the strained river embankments as officials, military and local residents worked to bolster the defences around Dadu district.

“Dadu district and the town of Johi are still in danger of flooding, but rain is hampering our mobility to reach out to the maximum people,” he added.

The devastating floods have left 10 million people without shelter nationwide, according to UN figures, with UN spokesman Maurizio Giuliano describing it as “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in UN history”.

Advancing floodwaters continue to threaten parts of Sindh province, with 19 of its 23 districts deluged and 2.8 million people displaced, according to provincial authorities.