A fresh wave of floods forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Pakistan on Monday amid warnings that the situation could be further exacerbated due to continuing monsoon rains.
The swollen Indus river burst its banks in southern Sindh province, inundating hundreds of cities and villages, including Jacobabad, Dadu, Larkana and Naushero Feroze.
Military helicopters flew dozens of sorties to rescue stranded people and airdrop supplies.
There was a fresh wave of flooding in southwestern Balochistan, where waters submerged Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Dera Allahyar.
Thousands of villages were inundated, affecting some 500,000 people.
Many victims complained they had been without food and water for up to five days.
A key rail link between Baloch capital Quetta and Jacobabad in Sindh was cut by the flood waters.
Authorities warned that a high flood tide was rapidly heading towards Kotri Barrage in Sindh, with the water flow increasing by 1,000 cusecs an hour.
Water flows of 800,000 cusecs were expected at Kotri Barrage in Sindh, where Army soldiers were deployed at high risk areas.
The Indus is in “exceptionally high flood with rising trend” between Guddu and Sukkur Barrages.
Pakistan’s worst floods have killed over 1,700 people and affected 20 million people, leaving the government struggling to rush relief to the victims.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world community to urgently step up aid for the victims.
A U.N. spokesman said 3.5 million children were at high risk from waterborne diseases.
The government’s tardy response has sparked anger among victims.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday acknowledged that rehabilitation “would be an uphill task and would require a huge amount of money and resources”.
In Sindh, angry survivors blocked a highway outside Sukkur city with stones and garbage and demanded that the authorities should provide them relief.
There were also reports of protests in Punjab province.
In the remote Gilgit-Baltistan region, officials said they had received reports of shortage of food.
Over 120 people have died across the region due to landslides and flash floods over the past two weeks.
The blockage of the Karakoram Highway since the last week of July has resulted in the depletion of fuel supplies in Gilgit-Baltistan.