MULTAN

The water level in River Chenab near Multan is receding fast as over one foot decline in the level is observed at Head Muhammadwala on Saturday. Irrigation officials said that the pressure on Head Punjnad, however, intensified and a total discharge of 312000 cusecs was recorded on Saturday. Although a decline of about one 25,000 cusec is observed in Multan, the water levels are still high in Jalalpur Pirwala and Shujabad tehsils. The quantity of floodwater receded to 225,000 cusecs from previous 250,000 cusecs. The Irrigation Department sources said that the total discharge of water from Head Tarimmu stood at 130,000 cusecs while another 67,000 cusecs water was discharged into Chenab from Head Sidhnai.

Meanwhile, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah visited a tent village established by the district administration for the flood victims and told the journalists that the local administration extended relief and support to the flood victims with the help of Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), local traders and civil society. He disclosed that a total of 24 flood relief camps were set up across the district out of which seven fell in A category, eight B and nine C. He said that the ration bags containing components like 10 kg aatta, ghee, sugar, rice, pulses, tea, red chilli, soap, candles, match sticks and other daily use items were handed to each displaced family. He said that the PDMA provided 5000 ration bags, 1000 tents and 1000 mosquito nets for the flood affectees while local traders handed over two truckloads of aid goods to the district administration.

APP ADDS: Additional district collector and flood control centre head Ali Akbar Bhatti said floodwater in the Chenab was decreasing on Saturday. Talking to this agency, he said relief goods provided by the PDMA, NGOs and trader organisations were being distributed among flood-affected people. He said an NGO was providing two-time meals daily to flood victims at relief camps at Qasim Bela, Jalalabad, Qrasi and Langrial. He said a flood torrent had hit Shujabad embankments and a rescue operation was underway. XEN Irrigation Shujabad canal division, Atif Ali, said about 312,000 cusecs of floodwater had reached Punjnad Headworks. He said floodwater would start receding at Shujabad from Saturday evening. According to a spokesperson for Rescue 1122, rescuers had shifted 200 flood-hit people to safer places in Shujabad. He said that 30 rescuers and four boats were engaged in the operation.