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Caught in troubled waters

  • Water level continues to rise at Head Trimmu, Panjnad, Guddu, Sukkur as 700 villages washed away in Punjab with more than 205 casualties
  • Flood spreads to southwest areas of country as emergency declared in 10 districts of Balochistan

Heavy monsoon rains and flooding in Punjab, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have claimed at least 205 lives and destroyed around 700 villages only in Punjab while more devastation is feared as authorities forecast massive inflow of water in major rivers of the country in the coming days.
In order to save Trimmu Barrage, breaching the Athara Hazari Barrage is being considered as 750,000 cusec flood influx is anticipated.
According to a NDMA official, a huge amount of flood water has accumulated in the Qadirabad headworks on River Chenab whereas the Trimmu Barrage is receiving 177,000 cusecs water on River Chenab.
A flood alert posted on the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) website stated that due to the second flood peak in River Chenab, the peak at Trimmu is likely to persist for another 24-48 hours with a maximum flow of 8,00,000 cusecs.
The exceptionally high flood level may continue until September 12 (2100 PST), the PMD stated in a press release. As a consequence, Sargodha, Khushab, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh districts are likely to be inundated.
Water level is constantly rising in River Ravi and high alert has also been imposed.
Sahiwal, Harappa and Chichawatni have been evacuated whereas a warning has also been issued in 40 villages in Kabirwala. Water level is rising in Kundasang and red alert has been issued in Pakpattan and Vehari.
High flood in River Sutlej has engulfed the villages in the vicinity of Kasur. Considering the sensitivity of the situation, emergency has been called in the area and efforts are being carried out to transfer people to safe havens.
Balochistan government on its part has declared flood emergency in ten districts while Sindh government has issued instructions to the concerned staff to ensure that flood water passes through the province without major losses.
WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION:
Heavy floods along rivers Chenab and Jehlum have wrecked 215 villages in Bhalwal whereas 80 villages have been submerged due the breakage of the security barrage in Hafizabad.
The high flood trending from River Chenab has caused massive destruction in the rural areas from Marala Headworks in Sialkot to Qadirabad Headworks in Hafizabad.
Myriads of villages in Sambrial, Zafarwal, Pasrur, Chiniot, Wazirabad, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Jalalpur Jattan, Phalia and Pindi Bhattian have been submerged due to the flood in Marala, Khanki and Hafizabad. The floods have also cracked the roads and damaged many bridges and installations. The high water influx has also triggered land-sliding in Punjab and Kashmir.
Flood water has ruined the crops stretched across thousands of acres whereas many locals of the villages have been deprived of their cattle. Road link has been cut off as Seem Nala Bridge snapped at Sahotra Road in Pind Dadan Khan.
Flood in Khushab washed away five villages along with livestock and harvest causing irrevocable losses to the residents.
Ahmed Kamal, an official from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said that 131 people have died as a result of heavy rains in Punjab, 11 have died in Gilgit Baltistan whereas the death toll in Azad Kashmir has risen to 63.
Over 16,000 people have been rendered homeless, approximately 2,000 homes have been destroyed and another 4,000 badly damaged.
Flash floods in Neelum and Jhelum rivers have inundated several districts including Bagh, Muzaffarabad and Hattian. Flash floods in Peer Panjal Range caused damage in Kotli, Poonch, Mirpur, while huge loss of life and property was reported in Rawalakot.
In the meanwhile, the army has rescued more than 12,000 people from the flood affected areas.



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