GHAZI KHAN River Indus continued spreading devastation in District Muzaffargarh Wednesday as the floodwater inundated Shah Jamal, Baseera, Khangarh and other towns besides Dera-Multan Highway at Chowk Qureshi-Baseera section, further restricting the movement of locals and relief workers.
Soon after the floodwater move towards the populated areas, the people evacuated over two dozens villages in the vicinity and were attempting to find the safe places with their desperate families.
On the other hand, no progress has so far been witnessed regarding the rehabilitation of the Indus Highway and other road network with the whole population of Dera Ghazi Khan remained marooned for the fourth day consecutive.
The river and flash flooding has disrupted the communication system and rendered the roads unusable, which resulted in shortage of food items, medicines, water, petroleum products and the cash with the banks.
The flood-hit victims alleged that the administration had provided no transport facility to them while the non-availability of the petrol and diesel multiplied their miseries, as it was impossible for them to vacate the area in time.
Although the rains stopped pouring over the ill-fated uprooted people, they have no option but to take shelter at roads and canal embankments under scorching sun while the mercury level is moving upward.
It is important to note that the riverbed of River Indus in Muzaffargarh has so far spread to over 75 kms.
Meanwhile, DCO Dera Ghazi Khan Iftikhar Ali Sahoo said the floods had so far destroyed 15,000 houses in the district while the number of affectees was over 0.2 million.
Addressing a meeting with the representatives of various NGOs at his office, he said the standing crops over an area of 1,57,323 acres were also swept away as 265 villages had been affected in the natural calamity.
The construction work on the washed away bridge of Ghazi Ghat and approaching road, which falls under the jurisdiction of National Highway Authority (NHA) Multan Region, has not been started so far. Although the water level in that particular area is dropping gradually but the officials are least concerned over the issue. It may be recalled that a NHA official Tuesday had claimed that the temporary bridge would be installed within a day after decrease in the water flow.
APP adds: Over 40,000 residents of Khangarh moved out of the town in panic after they were directed to evacuate immediately. The town is located 18 kms from Muzaffargarh. The announcement of evacuation has caused immense panic in the city.
Meanwhile, Muzaffargarh city was presenting a deserted look after migration of thousands of families. The district administration had deputed law-enforcers to guard the public property. The City police registered two theft cases while there were reports of thefts in Jhang Morr as well.
The flood torrent hitting Shah Jamal had impacted at least 80 villages in the area.
Various streams in Dera Ghazi Khan, Taunsa and Rajanpur were in a high flood as a result of more downpours in Suleman Mountain Range.
The areas of Jampur and Kot Mithan are covered by several feet of water with no outlet for draining the water out.
The protective embankment, which breached at Bhong area of Tehsil Sadiqabad of District Rahim Yar Khan, could not be repaired as yet and the water was still gushing out of it, leaving various villages inundated under water.
Meantime, the water is once again surging in River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad. According to the Irrigation Department, a high alert has been declared in view of the approaching massive flood tide. The river has witnessed hitherto three huge torrents; the biggest was 370,000 cusecs that passed from Khanki and Qadirabad, rampaging the standing crops.
The sources fear that the latest flood tide may cross 370,000 cusecs mark.
The Trimu Headworks in Jhang is facing high flood at present, where nearly 400 villages had been deluged under water in all four tehsils of the district, destroying the vast swathes of standing crops and affecting thousands of people. The floodwater also damaged almost 300 houses in the area.