ISLAMBAD, Sept. 2, 2022 (WAM) — First responders in southern Pakistan rushed to evacuate millions of people from remote villages on Friday. Officials said the area was nervously awaiting the arrival of rainwater flowing from the north of the country.

Military helicopters, boats and the state government assisted rescue efforts in Sindh, the province worst hit by a series of floods since mid-June, according to the German news agency (dpa). spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said.

Wahab, who oversaw the evacuation, said it was a race against time.

Pakistan’s Indus River, which flows south from the Himalayas into the Arabian Sea, has breached its banks again after heavy rains in the mountains last week.

About 20,000 cubic meters of water per second is now flowing downstream and will soon reach major cities in Sindh province, the disaster management agency said.

The death toll from the floods has already reached 1,208 and was expected to rise further, officials said in an update on Thursday.

WAM/Laura Algour/Esra Ismail

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