JhANG/SIALKOT - Over 60 Jhang villages were inundated and crops destroyed after flood in Chenab River while overflowing Nullah Bhed played havoc in parts of Sialkot on Thursday.
The floodwater entered the nearby areas and affected crops over hundreds of acres. More than 60 villages of Jhang district are underwater besides several other villages of Athara Hazari and Ahmed Pur Siyal.
The people are facing immense difficulties due to the flood and are forced to move to safer places. Incoming water flow at head Trimmu point in River Chenab is 145,325 cusec whereas the emission is 132,525 cusec. Due to the torrential rain the Nullah Bhed in Sialkot was in high flood in Sialkot city and most of the urban parts were flooded in Sialkot city.
The floodwater inundated most of the urban areas including main roads in Sialkot city. After the recent flash floods in Nullahs Aik, Dek and Palkhu here, the Nullah Bhed was flooded after torrential rains.
The district coordination officer said that the total capacity of Nullah Bhed is 1,700 cusecs and a water flow of 2,679 cusecs passed through it, due to which most of the residential and commercial areas were inundated.
He said that the water level exceeded the maximum capacity in Nullah Bhed, which submerged Sialkot railway station, Sialkot district jail, Sialkot Police Lines, the offices of Sialkot DCO and DPO, adjacent Khawaja Safdar Road, Paris Road, Khadim Ali Road, Kashmir Road, Defence Road, Abbott Road, Commissioner Road, Capital Road and Sialkot-Marala Road and other low-lying urban areas in Sialkot city.
He said that it rained 99 mm n Sialkot city causing high flood in Nullah Bhed, which passes through almost all the residential, commercial and industrial areas in Sialkot city. He said that flood in Nullah Bhed played havoc in Sialkot city; however, urban flooding situation in Sialkot city was totally under control. He said that the TMA officials were busy spilling out the floodwater from Sialkot city.
In Sialkot, the torrential rain (99 mm) has badly exposed the negligence of Sialkot TMA due to which all the main city roads including Model Town, Kutchery Road, Paris Road, Abbot Road, Jail Road, Railway Road, Mujahid Road, Shahabpura Road, Rangpura, Hajipura , Prem Nagar, Pooran Nagar, Commissioner Road, Bano Bazaar Lehaai Bazaar, Kashmiri Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Jandar Bazaar, Muslim Bazaar, congested Allama Iqbal Chowk, Khadim Ali Road, Sialkot Airport Road and Hajipura Road and all the surrounding congested residential, industrial and commercial areas were inundated.
Multan: The flood threat to Multan has decreased considerably as the water discharge at Head Trimmu has gone down and the current discharge stands at 150,000 cusec. Irrigation sources disclosed on Thursday that a maximum of 100,000 cusec water would pass through Multan which would flow inside the river banks. Sources added that a considerable decline in water flow near Jhang was observed which confirmed that Multan would not face any kind of flooding.
However, the district government declared that the flood relief camps at the security embankment of River Chenab would be kept so that the citizens could be shifted in case of any emergency. A spokesman of the city district government said that a comprehensive flood plan has been evolved under which all institutions including Pakistan Army have taken on board.
Meanwhile, the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) has constituted rescue and medical teams in view of flood threat in Multan. An FIF spokesman Muhammad Rashid told journalists that flood relief camps were being set up in different areas while motor boats had been arranged to ship people stranded in flooded areas. The FIF has set up a central control room at Rasheedabad and all rescuers will be connected to the control room. The FIF spokesman added that the food and medicines had also been arranged for likely flooding.