KARACHI   -   Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday that it would take between three to six months to drain water from the province’s flood-hit areas, as au­thorities continued to struggle to contain floodwaters that were approaching the city of Dadu.

The monsoon rainfall and subsequent floods have killed 1,396 people across the coun­try between June 14 and Sep­tember 9, and have left 12,728 injured. More than 30 million have also been displaced. Sindh is the worst-hit province so far, accounting for the most deaths and injuries. Of the 1,396 fatali­ties countrywide, Sindh’s total 578. Injuries number 8,321 of the countrywide total of 12,728, according to the NDMA’s most recent update. Speaking to the media in Karachi, the CM gave a breakdown of the current situ­ation in the province and the losses incurred due to the cata­strophic floods.

“The whole world has to come together to combat climate change,” he said, adding that United Nations Secretary-Gen­eral Antonio Guterres had also called on the world to “pitch in” to help Pakistan navigate the crisis. Shah said that around 35 million people had been dis­placed while “millions of acres of fertile land” had also been flooded. He went on to say that farmers in Sindh had suffered a loss of approximately Rs3.5 bil­lion while the livestock sector had suffered a loss of Rs50bn.

“In some areas, there is at least eight to 10 feet of water. Even in places where it is re­ceding, the situation is not such that people can return,” he said, highlighting that Pakistan had received unprecedented rainfall this year. “This year, we received 10-11 times the normal amount of rainfall […] Normal flood at Guddu and Sukkur is around 400,000 cusecs.”

He said that the government was working on rehabilitat­ing people, and working on the province’s drainage and irriga­tion network. “We think it will take three to six months for the water to drain.” The Sindh CM admitted that the province was facing a shortage of tents and medicines, saying that he had raised the issue during his meeting with the UN chief.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday said that 12.5 million had be­come homeless in Sindh, adding that the agriculture and live­stock sectors suffered a loss of billions of rupees,

He was talking to the media after reciting Fateha and laying a floral wreath at the grave of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his 74th death anni­versary. Acting Sindh Governor Agha Siraj Durrani was also present on the occasion.

“It may take more than three months for the rainwater to drain,” he said and added that ef­forts were being made to ensure the cultivation of wheat crop till November or December.

“At many places in Sindh, there has accumulated 8 to 10 feet of water,” he told the media.

“The Secretary General of the United Nations said he has never seen such destruction,” he added. Earlier, the Sindh chief minister and the acting Sindh governor paid homage to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “We pay homage to Quaid-e-Azam. We also pray for the freedom of Kashmiris,” Murad Ali Shah said