MULTAN

The flooding has begun in Multan as 116 villages of the district are under direct threat of flood while four companies of Pakistan Army have so far been deployed to support civil administration in flood fighting operation. Issuing flood warning to the residents of villages located along the bank of River Chenab, the district administration expressed fear on Saturday that the floodwater may inundate cotton, sugarcane and vegetable fields as well as mango orchards in the area. Out of four companies, two have been deployed in Multan while one in Jalalpur Pirwala and one Shujabad.

On the other hand, at least 500 families living in kacha area refused to evacuate their homes. Keeping in view flood threat, efforts were underway from the district administration to convince the families to leave their homes till filing of this report. Similarly, the Rescue 1122 department increased the number of boats being used for evacuation operation up to 25 and the evacuation operation was almost done.

Meanwhile, federal minister for food security Malik Sikandar Hayat Bosan visited the areas under flood threat and expressed serious concerns over the designing of Head Muhammadwala bridge. He directed the irrigation officials to get done study for construction of escape channels between Head Muhammadwala and Shujabad Canal for the disposal of water. He issued order for increasing the height of security dike of Muzaffarabad distributary by four feet andn shifting of relief camp established at basic health unit Nawabpur to Rest House Nawabpur. He also issued order for the shifting of relief camp set up at Head Sikandari Nala to Akbar Flood Bund.

Briefing the federal minister, the DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah told that 16 relief camps were established for the flood affectees while evacuation operation and vaccination of animals were also underway. He further told that arrangements were made to make a breach in the security dike near Sher Shah if the water flow increased from 0.4 million cusec level.