SIALKOT

In River Chenab, the water level soured up to 26,212 cusecs at Head Marala near Sialkot due to ongoing spell of rains in Sialkot region that has been put on red alert after the fresh flood warning.

Meanwhile, the district administration officials reviewed the prevailing flood situation in Chenab, Jammu and Tavi rivers as well as seasonal Aik, Dek, Palkhu and Bhed nullahs during meeting held at t DCO office.

The meeting was told that the water level was souring up in the rivers and Nullahs flowing in Sialkot district due to the ongoing rains in Sialkot region and in all the catchment areas in neighbouring Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. However, the entire flood situation was totally under control, the officers said.

The district coordination officer told the media that all the departments concerned had been put on red alert after the fresh flood warning issued by the Flood Forecasting Division, as they were continuously monitoring the flood situation in River Chenab at Head Marala Barrage near Sialkot here.

As per the Flood Forecasting Division, River Chenab might be in high flood at Head Marala near Sialkot during the next couple of days here due to the ongoing heavy rains in all the catchment areas in neighbouring Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The DCO said that Sialkot district had already been divided into 22 sectors to avert the recurring flood threats under a foolproof flood protection plan, besides, establishing 33 flood relief centres in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. He said that the special vigilance teams were monitoring the flood situation in River Chenab round the clock.

Meanwhile, the rain made the weather pleasant as scattered and isolated rains began early in Tuesday morning and remained continued for the whole day intermittently.

All the low-lying urban and rural areas were inundated with rainwater. It remained dark cloudy in Sialkot region with the loud thunder of the clouds.

According to Director General of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Jawad Akram, due to unexpected seasonal change at the end of monsoon, the district coordination officers across Punjab had already been directed to ensure the regular inspection of protective bunds and spurs and monitor the floodwater situation.

Sialkot MET office officials have forecast thunderstorm and rain with heavy falls as scattered places and very heavy falls at isolated places in Sialkot region and in all the catchment areas.