An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.
Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before – but they also report that there are now less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amoungt of stagnant, standing water that is around.
It is thought that the mosquitos are getting caught in the spider’s web thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.
Floods in Pakistan July/Aug 2010
Flood damage in Sukkur in northern Sindh. Photo taken by a DFID humanitarian advisor in the region. An area equivalent to the size of England has been flooded and more than 12.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.