SIALKOT-Eleven villages remained cut-off for the last one week from the other parts of district Sialkot as the River Tavi bridge damaged by flood near village Chaprar has not yet been reconstructed by the government.

Malik Nadeem Kamran, Punjab Minister for Ushr and Zakat Punjab, Provincial Secretary Irrigation Punjab Saif Anjum, MNA Ch Armughan Subhani and Punjab Chief Minister’s Inspection Team members visited the flood hit areas in Bajwat, Head Marala , Sambrial, Sialkot, Chaprar and Chahoor-Pasrur.

They reviewed the ongoing relief activities and stressed a need for early pavement and strengthening of the banks, dykes and embankments of all the rivers and Nullahs in Sialkot district to avert the further flood disasters.

The teams also stressed the need of early start of the rehabilitation activities for the early rehabilitation of the flood-hit areas of Sialkot district, besides, pledging to leave no stone unturned , in this regard.

However, the district administration has yet planned to temporarily construct a small iron bridge over the river. The cut-off villages include Salehpur, Suheli, Patwala, Patwal Kalan, Jhumiyaan Dalaalaan, Jhumiyaan Gujjaraan, Jhumiyaan Sulehriyaan, Bara Dari, Raismaan and Suhailpura.

DCO Asif Tufail during a briefing given to the visiting Punjab Chief Minister’s Inspection Team at DCO office said that the entire flood situation was totally under control in Sialkot district. He said flooded rivers and Nullahs now have become “calm and cool” after the week-long flash flood.

He said that the flow of water reduced to only 92,287 cusecs In River Chenab, 3,347 in River Tavi at Head Marala-Sialkot, 1,107 cusecs in Nullah Dek at Chahoor-Pasrur, 2,727 cusecs in Nullah Aik at Oora-Sialkot and 990 cusecs in Nullah Palkhu near Sialkot.

He said that the floodwater rapidly receding from the flood hit areas in Bajwat, Head Marala, Sambrial, Chaprar, Daska and Pasrur after the recent flash floods in swollen Rivers Chenab and Tavi and Nullahs Dek, Aik and Palkhu.

He said that the pace of the relief activities has also been jazzed up in the areas and soon the rehabilitation operation would be started. He added that the special teams of district administration had started surveys to assess the actual losses of lives, properties, crops and even the cattle of the local people.

23 HELD: Police arrested 23 youth from Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur for doing wheelies on motorcycles here on Tuesday. The police launched a vigorous crackdown on youth doing wheelies in Sialkot district. The police have sent the accused behind the bars after registering separate cases against them, police officer said.