Pak army on war foot­ing to save Thatta

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THATTA: Pak army and work­ers were on a "war foot­ing" on Sun­day as they bat­tled to save Thatta af­ter most of the pop­u­la­tion of 300,000 fled the ad­vanc­ing flood wa­ters.

Tor­ren­tial monsoon rains have trig­gered mas­sive floods that have moved steadily from north to south over the past month, en­gulf­ing a fifth of the volatile coun­try and af­fect­ing 17 mil­lion of its 167 mil­lion peo­ple. South­ern Sindh is the worst-af­fected prov­ince, with 19 of its 23 dis­tricts rav­aged as flood wa­ters swell the rag­ing In­dus river to 40 times its usual vol­ume. A mil­lion peo­ple have been dis­placed over the past few days and hun­dreds of thou­sands have al­ready fled Thatta alone ahead of the ap­proach­ing tor­rents as sol­diers work fran­ti­cally to re­pair breached lev­ees on the river. "The wa­ter is still two kilo­me­tres (about a mile) away from Thatta where the armed forces and the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tive work­ers are work­ing on war foot­ing to save the city," se­nior city of­fi­cial Hadi Bakhsh Kal­horo said on Sun­day.

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