SIALKOT/NAROWAL/HAFIZABAD/

MAILSI/CHINIOT/GUJRANWALA/ MUZAFFARGARH/KHARIAN

Floods on Saturday continued to playing havoc with the affected people across the Punjab province while the victims in various parts have allegedly been left in the lurch as the district administrations have failed to provide them with food and medicines.

Eighty five Bajwat villages remained inundated and cut off from the rest of Sialkot district for the third consecutive day on Saturday. The 15 feet wide breach occurred at Saidpur Pattan due spate in flooded River Jammu-Tavi, could not be repaired despite the passage of two days. The repairing of this breach could not be started due to the fast flow of floodwater in River Jammu-Tavi near Saidpur-Bajwat Pattan.

There was a low level flood in River Chenab as the flow of floodwater was receding at Head Marala near Sialkot. The main Saidpur-Bajwat-Sialkot Road was badly damaged at various places by the floodwater, due to which traffic remained suspended between Sialkot-Bajwat villages, which remained cut off for the second day.

District Officer (Coordination) Sialkot Malik Abid Hussain Awan said that relief activities were on in these villages by district administration, saying that now the situation was totally under control. He added that the water was receding in Bajwat villages.

According to the senior officials of Sialkot Irrigation Department, thousands of local people remained stranded in Bajwat villages near Sialkot, as about four feet high floodwater was still playing havoc in these villages including Saidpur, Chaprar, Gondal, Jhumiyaan Dalaalan, Salehpur, Bajwat, Sadarpura, Ghazipur, Gidhpur, Dera Minhasaan, Meehal, Seerh, Tiba Marhaal, Tiba Khurd, Tiba Kalan and Kugh.

Similarly, 62 villages in Pasrur, Zafarwal and Qila Ahmedabad areas inundated for the third consecutive day. A protective dyke at the banks of flooded Dek nullah was swept away near village Chahoor-Pasrur three days ago inundating these villages.

About three to four feet water was still standing in Pasrur tehsil’s villages including Borikey, Eisapur, Wayine, Noorpura, Chak Raja, Malipur, Panwana, Fataah, Killeywali, Lohar Key, Thathi Mardana, Saleem Key, Abdali, Munji Key, Karangali, Kot Kalal, Chak Laveerey, Kotli Hajipur, Moosapur, Kamal, Taawariyaanwala,  Kala Chak, Ban Bajwa,  Kallowali, Saadaanwali, Jhakar, Metaley, Taftipur , Nangal Mirza, Bhagat, Sadiqabad, Mallo Patiyaal,  Dhillumwala, Lippeywali, Jaajupur, Kapur Pur, Dharkaliyaan, Kotli Tarkhanaan, Rasulpur, Takhatpur, Ooncha Pahaar, Jabbokey, Chak Machchaana, Nawaadhey, Eispur, Seehowal, Jeesatiwala, Qila Ahmedabad, Sojowali, Kukka Pan, Poond, Baangey, Rasheedpur, Ghangor, Khewan Cheema, Saarh Fataah, Behlolpur, Chcheema, Peera, Baryar, Balloki, Main Harpal, Punj Grayeen Bajwa, Narang Wali, Dhung, Kheemowali, Baddo Cheema and Khewa Hundalaan. The floodwater was playing havoc in these villages besides badly affecting the standing seasonal crops on thousands of acres.

The water level was also reducing in Dek near Chahoor-Pasrur. In Sambrial, 43 villages of Daska and Sambrial tehsils remained inundated for the third consecutive day. According to the local people, about three to four feet water was still standing in these villages including Bhopalwala, Kotli Khokharan, Kopra Khurd, Kopra Kalan, Naseerpura, Gulab Garh, Saahiyaanwala, Gadiyaala-East, Dhilum, Balugan , Gadiyaala-West, Chokey Kalan, Dor, Kathiyaala, Doburji Chanda Singh, Bhakhareywali, Habibpur, Siraanwali-Satrah, Mianwali Bangla, Ban Bajwa, Ismail Awan, Nagor, Peero Chak, Aadamkey, Lodhikey Cheema, Warsaalkey, Puraaney Key, Choohr Chak, Umer Key, Passiya, Veeram Key, Wassankey and Taajo Key Cheema.

As per the district officer, there was low flood in River Chenab at Head Marala- with 130,080 cusecs flow of water while there was also a low level flood in River Jammu Tavi with 14,000 cusecs flow of water at Saidpur-Sialkot. The water level was receding in both the rivers.

He said that Aik water channel was also in medium flood as the flow of water has reduced to 17,000 cusecs from overnight’s flood of 48,000 cusecs at Oora-Sialkot. Dek was flowing normally with 8,000 cusecs near Chahoor-Pasrur, he added.

There was a low level flood in River Chenab at Head Marala-Sialkot with 130,080 cusecs flow of water while there was also a low level flood in River Jammu Tavi with 14,000 cusecs flow of water at Saidpur-Sialkot. The floodwater was receding in both of the flooded rivers Chenab and Jammu-Tavi.

Hundreds of villages were inundated after India released surplus water in the River Ravi. Meanwhile, the road link between Muridke and Narowal was also suspended due to flooding in Dek. More than 200 villages were submerged and standing crops on several acres destroyed due to high flood in River Tawi, Nullah Dek and Basantar. The Narowal road has also been closed for traffic, disconnecting the road link with Muridke. Moreover, roads and bridges were washed away by the gushing water in Sialkot and Rajanpur as a result, the people were left stranded.

According to government officials, three people died in flood-related incidents on Saturday while more than 100,000 people have been affected. Flood in the River Chenab is currently crossing the Head Qadirabad where the local residents have already vacated their places and are facing severe commotion. A bridge was washed away in Sialkot due to high tide in the River Tawi.

More than two-dozen villages of Sialkot and Gujranwala were submerged in floodwater. Flood warning has been issued for more than 150 villages adjacent to Chiniot near River Chenab. Flood warning has also been issued for five tehsils due to high flood in River Sutlej.

Furthermore, water level in both Tarbela and Mangla Dams is on the rise. Tarbela Dam water level was recorded at 1,548 feet, which is only two feet below the maximum level, while water intake was 235,800 cusecs and discharge at 206, 500 cusecs and the usable water reserve in the Dam stood at 6,467, 000 acre feet, sources said.

Water level in Mangla Dam has mounted to 1,224 feet, but it is still 18 feet below the maximum level, while water intake recorded at 46,570 cusecs and discharge at 15,000 cusecs. Usable water reserves in both the dams went up to 12,456,000 acre feet. Flood warning centres have forecast more rains for Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions. Rains could be very heavy at times in places along the border with India or Indian held Kashmir, according to the Met office.

The office has forecast scattered thunderstorm and rain with heavy falls at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Kalat, Zhob, Nasirabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions along with Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the FFD, the River Indus at Chashma and River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad are in high floods. The River Indus at Guddu is likely to be in high flood on Aug 20 and 21, as 600,000 to 650,000 cusecs water is likely to pass through this area, while there would be high flood at Sukkur between Aug 21 and 22. The water level at Ravi at Shahdara is rising and it is likely to be in medium flood at this point in the next 24 hours because of expected rains over its lower and upper catchments. The tributaries of the rivers Ravi and Chenab in the Sialkot region are also likely to be in `high to very high’ flood during this period.

In Hafizabad, floodwater from River Chenab caused heavy damage in Pindi Bhattian and completely destroyed more than 25 localities while dozens of others were submerged under floodwater.

Floodwater also entered dozens of villages of Hafizabad where people are facing a lot of difficulties as local administration has failed to provide relief to the affected people. According to sources, River Chenab is in high flood at Qadirabad while floodwater entered several villages of Phalia and Jhang due to breach in river dyke near Thathi Shah Muhammad. Meanwhile, floodwater from Nullah Dek has inundated more than 200 villages in Pasroor where affected people are facing shortage of food and life saving medicines.

In Mailsi, there is a low flood in Sutlej but the farmers having crops in the river belt area will be faced with trouble. Security measures related to flood have been made, said SDO Irrigation Muhammad Arshad Khan. He also said that in the last two days, water level had receded one feet from head Ganda Singh. In Sutlej River near Mailsi Saifan, the flow of water was 21,581 cusecs but the capacity is more than 400,000 cusecs. He also said that all the irrigation employees were working round the clock. He mentioned that at the protective dykes, stones had been dumped. In Chiniot, 338,000 cusecs of water was passing through River Chenab which has inundated crops on 80,000 acres of land in 58 villages. The water level is rising in the river. At 100 kilometer Chenab River belt in Chiniot district, dozens of villages are situated. The flood has inundated crops of sugar cane, maize, cotton, rice, green fodder and vegetables on 80,000 acres across district Chiniot. The water level has risen in the river and villagers have moved the cattle and valuables to safer places. No causality of human or cattle was reported while dozens of houses have been destroyed in the affected villages.

The district administration has set up seven relief centres at Chiniot city and villages of Hersa Sheikh, Kot Ameer Shah, Langar Makhdoom, Thatti Bala Raja, Muhammadi Shareef and Bhowana where teams of revenue, health, livestock, agriculture, civil defense and rescue 1122 have been deployed to facilitate the flood affectees.

Thousands of people thronged the river bank to view the water level which has reached the top level. The administration has also banned boating and bathing in river to avoid any causality or mishap.

The flood has also increased water level in the adjoining canals and nullahs.  The breach of approximately 20 feet was formed in the nullah along Faisalabad bypass which has inundated dozens of acres crops along the road. The breach could not be repaired despite the heavy machinery called from Faisalabad.

Chiniot DCO Dr Irshad Ahmad told that line departments are working over there and the breach will be filled soon. Flood Control Room In-charge DO Coordination Nazar Muhammad said that the flood has inundated crops standing over approximately 80,000 acres in dozens of villages. The relief centres were working 24 hours to help the displaced population and catering to their emergency needs, he claimed.

Flow of 400,000 cusecs of water passed from the river Chenab near Chiniot towards Trimu Head. Even after this, there is still high flood in river Chenab though the water level dropped to 348,500 cusecs. Due to discharge of floodwater dozens of villages and thousand of acres of cultivated land in three tehsils Chiniot, Bhowana and Lalian has been badly effected.

Meanwhile, the district administration has warned the villagers of more than 100 villages to shift to safe places. Most of the villages located inside the protective dyke face the trouble of 4 to 5 feet water flowing into their houses.

On Faisalabad road, the flood badly damaged a nullah and two villages. On Jhang Road, floodwater is close to Chiniot-Jhang Road near Bhukhariya and Mahwala. It is danger that if the water remains on the rise, the road will be cut off by the floodwater. On the other hand, water entered in Mozah Chiniot due to illegal digging of sand.

It is feared that these villages will be totally damaged by the present flood. It was planned 2 year ago to construct a protective bund near Killa Kangra Jamiaabad but it has not be implemented yet.

In Gujranwala, Punjab Minister for Forests Malik Asif Awan visited the flood affected areas of tehsil Wazirabad and directed the local administration to made necessary arrangements for evacuation of affected locality.  Secretary Food Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, DCO Gujranwla Tariq Javed Malik and SSP Operations Atta Muhammad were also present.

He visited village Sohdra, Rana and Palkhu areas and observed the available facilities for flood victims and emphasised the need to accelerate the rehabilitation work. He said that the Govt was keeping a vigilant eye on the situation.

Meanwhile, he observed arrangements in relief camps. The secretary food directed the Livestock, Health and Agriculture staff to ensure provision of necessities of life and vaccination for the victims of dog or snakebite as well as against diseases of cattle. In Muzaffargarh, flash flood of River Chenab is likely to enter the limits of districts Muzaffargarh on Sunday afternoon. The district administration has started to evacuation of the people from the low-lying areas. Focal person Sikandar Zulqurnain Khachi told the media that the Rescue 1122 will shift the people to safer places.

He said 30 relief camps have been set up for flood affected people and 70 percent work of vaccination of animals has also been completed. Meanwhile‚ services of Pakistan Army have been sought for the rescue and relief activities. A hydrological situation report informed that River Indus at Chashma‚ River Chenab at Marala‚ Khanki and Qadirabad are in high flood. River Indus at Kalabagh‚ Taunsa‚ Guddu and River Kabul at Nowshera are in medium flood. Nullahs of River Ravi and Chenab are likely to continue at high to very high flood levels during the next 24 hour

Near village Bhanowali in Kharian Cantt, the embankment washed away two days ago due to fast flow of water of Bhimber could not be repaired till filling of this report. The Irrigation department is constructing a new embankment near the destroyed dyke to stop water of Bhimber in order to repair the dyke. Water level has decreased but the residents of nearby villages are frightened after looking cloudy weather in the sky because expected rain can increase the water level again. Gugrat Irrigation XEN Shoaib Akbar claimed that a 1,000 metre dyke will be constructed with Rs 10 million soon.