Flood warnings have been issued in several villages in Vehari and Mian Channu districts.
Discharge at Head Islam in River Sutlej near Vehari is expected to rise to 71,000 cusec by Thursday evening. Several villages and fields in the areas along the river are expected to be inundated. Water level is likely to rise further in the coming days.
The flood in River Ravi has so far deluged 17 villages including Dalwan, Chishtian, Hashim Chakreeb, Jungle Seet and Bhopri in Mian Channu. Some of the villagers have alleged that not opening the gates of Head Sidhnai could have saved them by causing water level in the river to fall but this was not done.
In Kasur, crops over hundreds of acres of land have been damaged and several villages inundated due to flood in River Sutlej. The flood has so far affected Ganda Singhwala, Bhikki Wind, Gitti Kalunger, Nagar Aimen, Mahiwala, Talwar Post, Basti Bangladesh and Bilalwala. The district administration says it’s shifting the affected residents to to relief camps on higher ground.
The health, livestock and other departments concerned have set up camps to vaccinate livestock.
320 officials rehearsing relief works
The Khanewal district administration has said that it is prepared to deal with any emergency in Kabirwala and Mian Channu in case of a flood.
The district focal person for flood relief, Asif Ali Furrukh, said that 320 officials of Health, Police, Rescue 1122 and Livestock Departments and military were already doing rescue exercises under the supervision of district coordination officer Rashid Mehmood. Furrukh said a flood in River Chenab could inundate up to 82 villages and a flood in River Ravi as many as 38 villages.
He said several sector and village level flood teams had been formed to deal with an emergency.
He said naib tehsildars and patwaris would supervise rescue operations in their respective areas. APP
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.
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