LARKANA - Rising water level is posing threats to weak structures of Akil Aghani loop embankments and eroding T-Spur, Studs, while ahead 0.4 million cusec water from Guddu Barrage.

The water level at Guddu Barrage upstream was recorded at 213392 cusecs and downstream at 192392 cusec yesterday, while Sukkur downstream to Larkana in few days told Chief Engineer Right Bank Sukkur at Larkana, who also visited seven vulnerable embankments of River Indus to review the arrangements for upcoming flood situation.

The area of protective embankments is around 1325 miles while Sindh government is actively taking measures.

After the declaration of medium and low flood level at some areas of Punjab, played a siren for Sindh and a deluge of flash flood water around 4 lac cusec will pass from Sindh. Sindh Government has directed the Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Taluka level concerned officials of Irrigation department Sindh to take precautionary measures to face flood situation.

It was learnt from the sources that no police pickets, experienced flood fighting staff and required machinery are yet available at sensitive dykes.

After the super floods 2010, damaged dykes were strengthened among Akil Aghani loop bund, Nusrat Loop Bund, Abad Mangli Bund, Ruk Bund, Seri Bun and others with cost of billions of rupees, but no long term solution was found to avert the danger. Still conditions of Akil Aghani loop bund is said to critical, as after the strengthening and repairing of damaged embankments no maintenance work was carried out to keep it intact.

Chief Engineer Right Bank Sukkur at Larkana, Nazir Mahar told this scribe that more than 350,000 cusec water will pass from River Indus at Sukkur and Larkana at Nusrat Loop, Aqil-Agani, he visited seven vulnerable embankments of his jurisdiction, all dykes are intact and there is no danger. He informed that he has placed officials on high alert during the flood situation; and is monitoring the situation closely. During the next 24 hours flood will pass from Guddu Barrage, Sukkur Barrage and Kotri Barrage.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has already forecast monsoon rain, thundershowers at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Islamabad, Malakand, Hazara, Kalat divisions, upper Fata, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and rest of Sindh.

It is also pertinent to mention here that River Indus has 2513 Kilometer embankments on both sides in Sindh and 45 vulnerable dykes still prevails, during the past super flood 1124700 cusec water at RL 178.8 had crossed by downstream Sukkur Barrage to Akil Aghani Larkana. Upcoming deluge of 350,000 cusec water will enter into Sukkur Barrage in next two days, people of several villages are moving to the safer places on self-help basis currently.

Medium flood in River Kabul

Flood Forecasting Cell Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported medium flood in River Kabul at Warsak and Nowshera where 50,495 cusec and 81,700 cusec water recorded respectively on Monday.

According to the report, River Dir at Punjkokra, River Adezai at Adezai bridge and River Shah Alam at Charsadda bridge are flowing in low flood.

Similarly, low flood has also been reported at river Gambela at Gambela bridge. In River Indus, low flood at Khairabad of district Nowshera was reported.

The people living on banks and low-lying areas around river Kabul have been asked to remain alert during the next few days.