Flood warning: Nawabshah in danger of being flooded

More water headed towards Nawabshah and surrounding areas as it rushes downstream to Jalwani and Jamal Shah canals.

Express September 04, 2011

KARACHI: Rains continue to wreak havoc in Sindh as a breach in a seasonal water drain caused Nawabshah to be the next city in danger of being flooded, Express 24/7 reported on Sunday.

The Pakistan Army and Navy have begun rescue operations and are transporting provisions to those marooned on dry land.

70 millimeters of rain on Saturday caused damage in Mehran Colony and Shershah Colony as seasonal streams overflowed and water broke through the breaches.

More water is headed towards Nawabshah and its surrounding areas as it rushes downstream to the Jalwani and Jamal Shah canals. 20 villages have already been hit by the floods in both canals.

Five villages were also inundated in Shahdapur after floods forced a 20-foot breach in a drain near Goth Baqir Shah.

The water level has increased by two feet in the already flooded tehsils of Jhudo, Tando Jan Mohammad and Digri of Mirpur Khas.

Floodwaters have also hit areas of Sanghar, Tehsil Shahpur and district Tando Mohammad Khan. Seven people including two women and two children were injured in a roof collapse in Tando Jam.

Flooding in the Puran Stream completely drenched Aaliyani Goth where the Pakistan Army has conducted a rescue operation, bringing 250 people to safe locations.

Flood in Sutlej

Flooding in the Sutlej River inundated 19 villages and destroyed hundreds of acres of cropland.

Overall, the floods in Vehari and Bahawalnager have affected 200,000 people so far. 46,000 cusecs of water released by India flowed over the river banks and into villages.

Flooding at Head Islam has also swept away the Chishtian-Sahuka Road.

Thousands of flood victims have taken refuge at higher parts of dry land as houses started to collapse after flood water entered their homes in Vehari. The Vehari Traders Association is using boats to provide food and medicine to the victims.

The Health Department has set up 10 medical camps in affected areas to counter emergencies arising from contaminated water.

Flood in Ravi

Erosion destroyed dozens of houses in Chichawatni after the flood in River Ravi while hundreds of acres of agricultural land have also been ruined.

The floods washed away crops in Basti Mirpur, Sheikh Tayyab and other areas. Water has also reached residential area of Basti.

Local farmers told Express News that local and district authorities are not helping them while malaria is also spreading in the area due to lack of water drainage.

Meanwhile, authorities distributed relief goods among the flood victims at Kundar Raham Shah area where a breach had occurred in River Ravi.

However, SDO irrigation department Hafiz Muahmmad Akram told Express News that the breach has been refilled.

Stranded pilgrims

350 Hindu pilgrims visiting the Hanglaj Mata have been trapped at district Lasbela due to heavy rainfall

According to the district authority Lasbela, the pilgrims who came to the Hanglaj Mata temple three days back were returning home when continuous heavy rainfall in the district caused flooding in River Hangole.

Authorities said that all of the 350 Hindu pilgrims trapped at River Hangole are safe and are being provided with basic food items by helicopters.

District authorities said they would rescue the trapped pilgrim from the Hangol River.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled Tando Jan Mohammad as Tando Jam Mohammad and Jhudo as Jhaddo . The correction has been made.


M Baloch | 12 years ago | Reply

President sahib, people need some rescue efforts in your home constituency, plz send Rehman Malik there too..!

Ghulam Mustafa Chaniho | 12 years ago | Reply

Its Tando Jan Mohammad not Jam Mohammad and Jhudo not jhaddo.

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