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The Indus River overflow is shown in satellite images

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The disturbing images caused by Pakistan’s floods as a result of its largest freshwater lake overflowing were received by NASA’s Landsat satellite.

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Lake Manchar is the most extensive river nationwide and has had several breaches, both natural and manufactured, with the latter made by officials endeavoring to keep the lake from flooding uncontrollably and pouring into populated sites and causing more deterioration to the already flood-affected countryside. 

In the Sindh area, one of the most damaged by flooding, the lake is located west of the Indus River. This year, Sindh has already gotten more rain than usual.

Images from NASA’s Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 satellites show that Lake Manchar’s banks have been breached, some of which was done on purpose by local officials to stop the lake from overflowing into the Indus River Valley’s highly inhabited districts. 

The authorities are taking a chance, but they hope these breaches will maintain their structure when filled with water. This was the only alternative, but if the violations failed, it may backfire and allow the water direct access to populated regions.

A half million residents of Sehwan and Bhan Saeedabad are anticipated to be safeguarded by Lake Manchar and its artificial breaches. One hundred fifty thousand people live in these settlements through the diverted streams. NASA officials said that almost 100,000 people are at the possible risk of the flood as they are most near located to the river.

The country received 390.7 millimeters more rain from July to August than the previous 30-year average (15.38 inches). With a population of 50 million, Sindh province was the most potent hit, getting 466% more rain than the 30-year average.

According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) data, more than 30 million people are currently homeless, 1500 people have perished, 1 million animals have expired, and countless homes have been devastated due to the flood. According to a prognosis by UK government authorities at the Met Office, the worst is yet to come.

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