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Food, water unavailable in Badin

Recent floods and rain in district Badin of Sindh has resulted in the scarcity of safe drinking water and food while food items are being sold at high prices, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday.

Badin is one of the calamity-hit areas where relief camps are unable to provide the basic items to the affected people. Relief camps have been set up in all five tehsils of the district where affectees are forced to live under the sky without proper availability of food and drinking water.

Indian-spilled water sinks villages in Kasur

A fresh flood warning has been sounded across Punjab province in the wake of possible massive deluge, as India spilled more than 70,000 cusecs of additional water into River Sutlej without prior information to Pakistani authorities, inundating dozens of villages in Ganda Singhwala area of Kasur district on Tuesday morning.

Deliberate breach in seawater drain could prevent flooding

The government has decided to open a cut into the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) in Badin so that the pressure of water is released and it flows into Shakoor Lake, announced provincial minister Zulfiqar Mirza.

The lake sprawls over 300 square kilometres and two-thirds of it spills across the border into Indian territory. Historically, it is said to be the natural course for the saline water to flow, and this is where the excess water from the drain was directed.

US considers funding Pakistani dam project, angering India

ISLAMABAD -- Even as U.S.-Pakistani cooperation on anti-terrorism programs is withering, the United States is considering backing the construction of a giant, $12 billion dam in Pakistan that would be the largest civilian aid project the U.S. has undertaken here in decades.

Supporters of a U.S. role in the project say American participation would mend the United States' tattered image, going a long way toward quieting widespread anti-Americanism amid criticism that the U.S. lavishes money on Pakistan's military while doing little for the country's civilian population.