Floods in Badin leave thousands stranded

A flash flood of 71,000 cusecs is expect­ed to pass by Mian Channu as the water level in the River Ravi rose today.

Express August 18, 2011

KARACHI: The inundation of hundreds of villages have left thousands of people trapped in the flooded areas of the Badin District of Sindh.

The worst spate of downpours has wreaked havoc and devastated a large area of Badin, submerging the villages in flood water following the 100-foot breach in the seasonal RD-260 canal near Badin.

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The district administration has set up around 262 relief camps, but flood victims residing there have not received food and other aid, whereas, three people died in the camps.

While the Air Force has not yet initiated rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas, Pakistan Army, yesterday, had started rescuing the flood victims.

A 150-year-old mosque was reportedly damaged in Mir Mohalla.

Meanwhile, 10 villages near Golarchi were inundated following a 30-foot breach in the Amar Shah stream.

People that are stranded in the villages of Tehsil Badin, Golarchi and Tando Bago are still waiting to be rescued.

District Administration of Mirpur Khas reports that recent floods have affected 275,000 people.

Taking shelter in Shrine

Rain-affected people have taken shelter in an old shrine in the area of Badin.

Affected people have taken shelter in the Dodo Soomro’s shrine and have also shifted their belonging there.

River Ravi and Sutlej at a hazard

A flash flood of 71,000 cusecs is expected to pass by Mian Channu as the water level in the River Ravi rose today.

According to the sources, many surrounding areas are on a hazard of getting flooded due to the rise in the water level.

Meanwhile, several areas have been inundated due to which thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed.

The district administration has not yet reached the flood victims for rescue and relief.

The water level of the River Sutlej also rose which has put Vehari and other surrounding areas on a danger of inundation.

Although the district administration had issued a flood warning, no relief camps have been set up to counter the repercussions.

Watch a slideshow of pictures from Badin here.

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