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Trees cocooned in spider webs, an unexpected side effect of the flooding in Sindh, Pakistan | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Trees cocooned in spider webs, an unexpected side effect of the flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

Sindh, Pakistan, December 2010.

 

An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 mega-flood in parts of Pakistan was that millions of spiders and other insects climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

 

Six months on from the initial unprecedented rainfall, the scale of the flooding (an area the size of England was affected) and the fact that the water took so long to recede, had lead to an insect population explosion and many trees had become cocooned in webs. Although large-scale flooding periodically occurs in the region, people in this part of Sindh had never seen this phenomenon before. They also reported that there were fewer mosquitos than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that was around. There were anecdotal reports of fewer instances of malaria than expected as well, although there was no evidence to prove a link.

 

UK aid - in response to the Pakistan floods - helped millions of survivors return home and rebuild their lives.

 

Find out more about the UK government's response to the Pakistan floods at www.dfid.gov.uk/pakistan-floods-six-months

 

Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

 

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Taken on December 7, 2010