KARACHI    -    Sindh Minister for Trade, Industries and Cooperatives Jam Ikra­mullah Dharijo said Monday that the pro­vincial government was facing enormous chal­lenges due to heavy rains and flash floods. 

The minister in a statement issued here said that Sindh govern­ment was engaged in rescue and relief of di­saster stricken people in the first phase while attention would be paid in the second phase to the rehabilitation of the flood victims. 

Unprecedented heavy rains in Sindh affected almost all the districts of Sindh but some of them have been affect­ed severely, he said add­ing that the provincial government was help­ing the flood victims ac­cording to its resources and food, mosquito nets and medicines were be­ing provided to them. 

He said that PPP 

 Sindh government on the di­rectives of its chairman was en­gaged in relief work day and night. The minister expressed gratitude to the Islamic coun­tries and the world for helping the flood victims and also ad­mired the passion of people of Pakistan for helping flood vic­tims. Dharijo said that Paki­stanis are a courageous nation and nation could deal with the challenge only through nation­al unity.

RIVER INDUS STILL RUNS FURIOUS AT KOTRI

The Federal Flood Commis­sion (FFC) has said that the river Indus continues to flow in “High Flood” at Kotri with 650,000 cusecs while all other main rivers of Indus River Sys­tem (Jhelum, Chenab. Ravi and Sutlej) are flowing in “Normal”.

According to daily FFC report on Monday, Tarbela Reservoir has already attained maximum conservation level of 1550.00 feet since August 28, 2022. At present, water level in Mangla Dam is 1192.30 feet against its MCL: 1242 feet (47.44 % stor­age still left). Chashma Reser­voir is also being maintained at 648.60 feet (against MCL: 649.00 feet) since 2nd Septem­ber 2022. Present combined live storage of Tarbela, Chashma & Mangla Reservoirs is 9.951 MAF (i.e. 73.93 % of 13.461 MAF). Trough of Westerly wave earlier over Northeastern Af­ghanistan today lies over North­ern parts of Pakistan while weak seasonal low continues to pre­vail over Northwestern Baloch­istan. At present,weak moist currents from Bay of Bengal are penetrating into upper parts of Pakistan upto 4000 feet. 

Flood Forecasting Division Lahore has predicated scattered thunderstorm/rain of moder­ate intensity over Islamabad, Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha & Gujranwala Divisions), Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu & D.I. Khan Divi­sions) and Southeastern Sindh including upper catchments of all Major Rivers of Indus Riv­er System during the next 24 hours. Isolated thunderstorm/rain of light to moderate inten­sity may also occur over Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G. Khan & Bahawalpur Divi­sions of Punjab and Northeast­ern Balochistan during the said period. Monsoon floods devas­tate commercial crops, cause loss of $1.7 bln in Sindh

A recent by the Internation­al Centre for Integrated Moun­tains Development (ICIMOD) and Pakistan Agricultural Re­search Council (PARC) has re­vealed that the recent massive torrential rains had inundated the cropland of Southeastern province of Sindh that devastat­ed commercial crops on large scale and incurred a combined loss of $1.7 billion. 

The study titled “The 2022 Pakistan floods: Assessment of crop losses in Sindh Prov­ince using satellite data” by the ICIMOD and PARC used satel­lite imagery to assess potential crop production losses for ma­jor crops at the sub district-lev­el to support the government’s rehabilitation and compen­sation planning processes in Sindh Province.

The Sindh province at the na­tional level comprised of 42% of the rice, 23% of the cotton, and 31% of the sugarcane produc­tion. “The 2022 Pakistan floods caused unprecedented damage to agriculture crops, livestock, and infrastructure, including storage facilities with millions of tonnes of grain, posing the risk of an unprecedented food se­curity crisis in the country. The floods struck before the harvest­ing stage of key crops, including cotton, rice, and sugarcane.” 

The study showed that as per the flood extent mapping us­ing Sentinel-1 satellite images acquired during August 22-28, flood waters directly inundat­ed about 2.5 million hectares of land (over 18% of Sindh’s to­tal area), which resulted in ob­structed access and mobility in around three-fourths of the province area. The most affect­ed areas included northwest­ern districts of Jacobabad, Lar­kana, Shikarpur, and Kashmore. The satellite data of September 3 revealed that the expansion of flood water was continuing through the water coming from the western mountain region of Balochistan and was increas­ing river discharge at Guddu barrage, resulting in additional flooding in the Indus River