SHEIKHUPURA/SANGLA HILL/TT SINGH/BUREWALA/BAHAWALPUR/MUZAFFARGARH/KOT RADHA KISHAN
Due to the flood and rainwater, more than 300 villages alongMuridke-Narowal Road, in Ferozewala and Sharqpur while over40 villages mostly situated in border area especially in Narang Mandi have been eroded while the victims have demanded that the government should provide them with shelter and food.
The level of water has risen from 3 to 4 feet while in low-lying areas, the water level has risen to 6 feet affecting more than 60,000 people in these localities. Similarly, after the overflowing nullah Bhair and other water channels due to the heavy rains, a large number of villages including Qila Sattar Shah, Kot Pindi Daas, Noorpur Virkan, Khanpur Virkan, Mandiali, Missan Kalar, Herdev and hundreds of other villages and over 400 industrial units in Sheikhupura have been affected thereby causing billions of rupees loss, said Manzoor Malik, chairman of the Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce and Industry talking to The Nation.
The seasonal crops especially paddy crop standing in thousands of acres have been ruined. The floodwater is accumulated on about 40,000 acres while the level of floodwater is still rising gradually.
The other affected villages are: Jabboki, Fateh Pur, Kotli Momin, Bhagatpura, Mangat, Maloher, Shameer, Dholan, Sohawa, Gona-aoor, Nathanwali, Tamooli, Khori and Band Bajwa,. Due to floods, more than 60,000 people have been displaced and a number of others are still moving to saver places on self-help basis.
The SCCI chairman said that a large number of industrial units including rice, textile, poultry, furnaces, packaging, paper & board mills, steel rerolling mills, chemical, feed and pharmaceutical suffered heavy loss due to the non cooperation of Flood Control and Irrigation Department. He blamed that the department shared no information even about the level of rain and flood water. He said if the departments concerned had informed the industrialist timely, they should have definitely shifted their stocks and other precious items to safer places. It is noted that hundreds of people especially children and women residing were forced to take shelter on the rooftops of their houses and there is also a shortage of eatable items and animals’ fodder.
On the other side, the district administration and Health Department established mobile medical camps while a large number of villagers are still deprived of medical facilities. Though Civil Defence staff reached the areas but due to absence of proper training and skill, they remained failed to reduce their problems.
The affected people told the media that the administration and the Flood Control Cell did not timely inform them about the flood which destroyed their crops, animals and properties.
In Sangla Hill, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Muhammad Barges Tahir said that government would take all possible steps to ensure immediate relief to the flood victims. He said that the government was aware of the challenges and coping with the difficulties. Immediate steps will be taken to ensure provision of basic facilities for the people and rehabilitation, he said that rehabilitation, relief and protection of life and property of flood affected people was top most priority of PMLN government. He added that different government departments were making special arrangements to ensure safety of public, especially those living near and on the bank of different rivers.
In Toba Tek Singh, DCO Dr Farah Masood visited the River Ravi belt areas tehsils of Kamalia and Pirmahal to observed the latest flood situation, evacuation of affected people, ongoing relief activities and efforts for rehabilitation of the affectees. As per the District Monitoring Officer Asif Ali Dogar, a number of flood relief camps and affected villages were visited including Khokhar, Haveli Tara, Mojo Kathia, Chak 736/GB, 772/GB, Jangle Jaroola, Rampur, Belasema Hiraj, Jungle Maeesafuraan, Sheragh Shah Aamb, Belasarwar Hiraj Anbar and Munia. She listened to the problems of the affectees and on the spot gave directions to the departments concerned for their redressal.
In Burewala, the floodwater discharged by India is likely to hit areas in Burewala subdivision on Friday. According to flood focal person and ADC Vehari Ali Anan Qamar, about 53,826 cusecs of water discharged was recorded at Head Islam, 50,286 cusecs at Mailsi Siphon, 89,000 cusecs at Head Sulemanki, 95,000 cusecs at Head Ganda Singhwala. 97,000 cusecs at Hurryk head works India and 110,616 cusecs at Ferozpur head works India. In Vehari, Rescue teams rescued 408 people and 250 cattle from flood while rescue operation continued in Basti Lakha of Vehari. Meanwhile, two more snakebite victims were brought to THQ Hospital.
In Bahawalpur, due to flood in Sutlej, several houses of Basti Yousafzai collapsed, crops were affected and residents of the area are facing severe difficulties. Most of the people of the area are labourers and they have no roof over their heads, they demanded that the government should provide them alternate residence and food.
In Moza Gadpura’s Basti Yousafzai near Jhangiwala Road Bahawalpur several houses were collapsed due to the flood in Sutluj River, some people shifted to their relative’s homes located in safer locations. Due to the flood cotton crop on several acres and onion crop has damaged while cotton crop on much large area is likely to get damaged due to the flood.
Flow in the river Sutlej is getting stronger due to which houses which have also being damaged.
Resident of the area Mian Abdul Rasheed told the media that they are workers and their livelihood is being taken away by this flood. Muhammad Fiaz said that several houses of the area have collapsed while the remaining houses are starting to get damaged. In District Rahim Yar Khan, police’s rescue operation in flood affected areas with 55 boats, operation continues in which 2,668 persons of hundreds of families were rescued including 1,516 cattle and household items were shifted to safe areas.
On orders of District Police Officer Sohail Zafar Chatta, in district Rahim Yar Khan’s flood affected areas, police rescue operation is in progress. Shidani, Abadpur, Rukanpur, Zahirpir, Machka, Bhong and Taranda Muhammad Panah’s flood victims were shifted to safe places using 55 boats. However, 2,668 persons were rescued including 1198 male, 820 females and 650 children while 1,516 cattle were also shifted to safe areas, household items including 15 motorcycles, 80 luggage boxes, 2 tractors and hundreds of wheat bags were shifted to safe areas.
In Muzaffargarh, floodwater touched Shershah, Akbar and Nawabpur protective dykes inundating 67 villages of Muzaffargarh district and left another 24 injured across the Muzaffargarh district, according to figures released by National Disaster Management Authority. According to the NDMA, floods have damaged 5, 427 houses and 325, 000 acres of ready crops. Most of the deaths have been reported in Muzaffargarh. Overall 199, 034 people were affected by floods. It said that as many as 267 villages have been ruined by the flash floods caused by heavy downpours.
A large number of people have been shifted to safer places from the area.In River Indus, high flash flood of over five lakh cusecs is passing through the Dera Ghazi Khan areas after passing through Ghazi Ghat Muzaffargarh District and Jam Pur areas. All the safety bunds are safe and no breach has been occurred in any bund throughout Muzaffargarh district. ADCG Sikander Zulqurnain Khachi said that there is no immediate threat to Muzaffargarh city.
He said that water is gradually increasing in the area due to the arrival of Chenab water in River Indus through Punjnad head works. The floodwater has inundated many villages in Muzaffargarh district because thousands of people have constructed their homes in the bed of river. Sikandar Zulqurnain Khachi said that the rescue teams of different departments are busy in shifting the people at safer places from the both sides of the river.
Meanwhile, water level in Chenab River is gradually rising near Muzaffargarh district and the villages of Pond areas and the river belt are inundated. According to DCO Muzaffargarh Farasat Iqbal Chaudhry, the high flood in River Chenab is expected to pass through the area.
Meanwhile, Secretary Health Hassan Iqbal also visited the flood efficeted areas.
In Kot Radha Kishan, about 21 villages including Dhoop Sari, Pattan, Bhikiwind, Mastayke and Basti Bangladesh of Sehjra union council were disconnected from the city due to flood in the River Sutlej. The inflow in the river was recorded over 160,000 cusecs on Tuesday night. All the links roads have been submerged with floodwater. In River Sutlej, the height of water at Kikar Post was 21.50ft, at Talwar Post 10.20ft, at Baqirkey Post 627.10ft and at Kothi Fateh Muhammad 16.20ft.