ISLAMABAD - Severe flooding persists in parts of Sindhs Dadu and Jamshoro districts and rescue operations are continuing, United Nations reported on Saturday. Arial surveys have been carried out of the area around Manchar Lake. The floodwaters have created a large number of small islands, on which people remain marooned alongside livestock. Furthermore in Thatta district, floodwaters are taking longer than expected to recede and thus prolonging displacement. The people are beginning to return in northern districts of Sindh. With displaced affectees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) continuing to return to their places of origin, an emerging focus is ensuring: the pre-positioning of adequate quantities of relief items in advance of the winter months when road access to significant portions of the province and neighbouring Gilgit-Baltistan may be cut off. The prevailing trend in Punjab continues to be one of return, necessitating rapidly scaled-up early recovery interventions in terms of food, WASH, health and shelter. Standing water remains in some areas of the province, particularly along the riverbeds, and is not expected to recede quickly. A combination of relief and early recovery support therefore, continues to be required, in addition to a monitoring mechanism to continually observe returns.