The US space agency NASA’s Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 satellites have taken these pictures. It can be seen in the pictures that Manchhar Lake is flowing by breaking its banks. Some of these banks were built by the local authorities to prevent the flow of the lake from spreading in the densely populated areas in the Indus river valley. The photo of July 25 shows the pre-flood situation, while the image of August 28 and September 5 shows the rising flood area.
Flood threat looming over 1 lakh people
NASA said in its official statement that about 100,000 people living in hundreds of villages spread across the valley are at risk of flooding due to the breach of the lake. The current flood is considered to be Pakistan’s worst crisis in 10 years. The number of deaths and thousands of injured is increasing continuously. More than 10 lakh houses have been destroyed. A new information has revealed that the economic loss due to flash floods in Pakistan could be between $ 15 billion and $ 20 billion.
More than five times the average annual rainfall
Manchar Lake is located in Sindh province of Pakistan which is one of the worst affected areas by floods. NASA said in its statement that the region has received more than five times the average annual rainfall so far this year. The UK Meteorological Department has forecast that more rain may occur in the coming days. On August 30, the government declared a state of emergency and appealed to the international community for food, water, health equipment and help. The UN chief has appealed for a $160 million emergency fund to help those affected by the unexpected rains and floods in Pakistan.