Wars reign over breaching levees as Pakistan grapples with flooding

 Ahmed Raza Chandio is a civilian with a lot to lose. He is ready to do whatever it takes to save his home and land, so he stands stick straight, shotgun strapped on his shoulder, and his eyes fixed on the long stretch of levee he is standing on.

The levee is the only thing between his home and farmland, and the rising floodwaters that have wiped out entire towns and villages on the other side.

However, those who live upstream say the levee Chandio is protecting must be purposely breached to save their homes and land upstream.

Chandio and thousands of his neighbors are aware of the argument. Some have taken up arms to protect Mehar, in northwest Pakistan, from the worst flooding in the country’s history.