Worst is not yet over for flood-hit Pakistan
A second wave of floods is passing through Pakistan's rivers and may affect more areas in the central province of Punjab, the head of the Pakistan Meterological Department said Thursday dpa reported
"The worst is not over yet. The next 10 days will be very crucial because the second wave of floods is right now passing through Punjab and might impact the southern parts of the province," Qamar-u-Zaman Chaudhry said.
Chaudhry said that the water was surging in the River Chenab and might hit Multan, a city of more than 4.5 million people. "Even though the authorities have made some breaches to ease the water pressure, water can still hit the city."
The situation was also tense around the Indus River, with water flows of more than 22,656 cubic metres per second in Punjab's Chashma area.
The first wave of floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains earlier this month have devastated large areas in Pakistan, affecting 14 million people and leaving 1,600 dead.
The United Nations have made an emergency appeal for 460 million dollars to provide critical assistance for 6 million flood victims. A delay in the response could result in a second wave of deaths in flood-affected areas, the UN warned