Flood-hit Pakistan bids to avert lake overflow

STORY: The country's largest Manchar freshwater lake, in Sindh province, was close to bursting its banks.

Already, 100,000 people have been displaced in efforts to keep the lake from overflowing, and if it breaches its banks, it could affect hundreds of thousands more, authorities said.

The region already faces the dangers of water-borne and skin diseases, dengue fever, snake bites and breathing issues, Azra Fazal Pechuho, health minister for the southern province, told a news briefing.

With yet more rain expected in the coming month, the situation could worsen even further, a top official of the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) warned.