Floods devastate hundreds of villages, six more killed

Floods devastate hundreds of villages, six more killed

LAHORE, GUJRANWALA, ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Hundreds of villages were inundated after India released surplus water into the River Ravi. Meanwhile, the road link between Muridke and Narowal was also suspended due to flooding in the Nullah Dek.More than 200 villages have been inundated due to high flood across Punjab. On the other hand six more persons were killed in the result of rains in Sialkot, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Chiniot and Narowal.

According to reports, Mureedke bridge was broken and the surrounding areas were inundated and standing crops on several acres destroyed. More than two dozen villages of Sialkot and Gujranwala were submerged in floodwater.

Flood warning has been issued for more than 150 villages adjacent to Chiniot near River Chenab.

More than 200 villages were submerged and standing crops on several acres destroyed due to high flood in River Tawi, Nullah Dek and Basantar. The Narowal road has also been closed for traffic, disconnecting the road link with Muridke.

Moreover, road links and bridges were washed away by the gushing water in Sialkot and Rajanpur, as a result people were left stranded.

According to government officials, three people have died in flood-related accidents over the last 24 hours while more than 100,000 persons have been affected.

Flood in the River Chenab is currently crossing the Head Qadirabad where the local residents have already vacated their places and are facing severe commotion. A bridge was washed away in Sialkot due to high tide in the River Tawi.

More than two-dozen villages of Sialkot and Gujranwala were submerged in floodwater. Flood warning has been issued for more than 150 villages adjacent to Chiniot near River Chenab. Flood warning has also been issued for five tehsils due to high flood in River Sutlej. Furthermore, water levels in both Tarbela and Mangla Dams are on the rise.

Tarbela Dam water level was recorded at 1548 feet, which is only two feet below the maximum level, while water intake was 2,35,800 cusecs and discharge at 2, 06, 500 cusecs and the usable water reserve in the Dam stood at 64, 67, 000 acre feet, sources said.

Water level in Mangla Dam has mounted to 1224 feet, but it is still 18 feet below the maximum level, while water intake recorded at 46,570 cusecs and discharge at 15,000 cusecs.

Usable water reserves in both the Dams went up to 1,24,56,000 acre feet.

Flood warning centres have forecast more rains for Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions. Rains could be very heavy at times in places along the border with India or India-held Kashmir, according to the Met office.

The office has forecast scattered thunderstorm and rain with heavy falls at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Kalat, Zhob, Nasirabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions along with Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the FFD, the River Indus at Chashma and River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad are in high floods.

The River Indus at Guddu is likely to be in high flood on Aug 20 and 21, as 600,000 to 650,000 cusecs water is likely to pass through this area, while there would be high flood at Sukkur between Aug 21 and 22.

The water level at Ravi at Shahdara is rising and it is likely to be in medium flood at this point in the next 24 hours because of expected rains over its lower and upper catchments.

The tributaries of the rivers Ravi and Chenab in the Sialkot region are also likely to be in `high to very high’ flood during this period.

Meanwhile At least three persons died while seven others injured in two different incidents of roof collapse in Lahore here on Saturday.

According to rescue sources, the incidents occurred in Nishtar Colony and Chongi Amar Sidhu. In the first incident a 5-year-old girl Simran died while three others injured. In the second incident, two persons, including a child, died.

Meanwhile water level has increased alarmingly in River Indus, inundating several reas of Kashmor, Ghotki, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Larkana, Khairpur, Dadu and Thatta.

Several villages located close to bigger Hamal lake in Qambar-Shahdadkot and Manchhar lake in Jamshoro districts have already been inundated.

On Friday as many as 30 villages were inundated as the water level increased at Dadu-Moro Bridge, River Indus

The Provincial Disaster Management Cell has issued warning after the situation. The commissioner directed authorities to vacate the affected area. The flood is also expected in the parts of Sukkur and Larkana.

On the other hand the National Disaster Management Authority has estimated Rs 16 billion for the rehabilitation work at the flood affected areas. This money would be provided to provinces. According to a private TV channel report the water reservoirs of Pakistan would be filled with rains and water coming from Indian and Afghanistan rivers could case disaster in Pakistan.

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