DERA GHAZI KHAN (Agencies) - A large number of people have been trapped in the floodwater and crops growing on hundreds of acres destroyed when seasons first flood hit several villages in Dera Ghazi Khan. Koh-e-Suleman overflowed due to heavy rains which flooded nullahs in the area. The flood inundated nearby areas trapping a large number of people and their cattle. Hundreds of acres of crops were also devastated due to the floods. The residents of these areas have started shifting to safer places on self-help basis. Neither local administration responded to the mishap nor any official of the provincial government have come to the help of the affectees. A huge chunk of land was also submerged in floodwater in Jampur due to breakage of temporary embankment built on western bank of the Indus River. The residents started shifting as water level kept on rising in the Indus. The people of the surrounding areas protested against the government for not taking any safety measures against the floods. They demanded the government ensure protection of the lives and property of the people from the floods. Pakistan remains woefully unprepared for floods this year which a UN official said could affect up to 5 million people in a worse-case scenario. While a repeat of last years epic deluge is unlikely, even smaller floods could cause millions in damages, set back reconstruction efforts and further unsettle the government, a stagnant economy.