Jacobabad escapes as water diverted

Published: August 14, 2010
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Officials warn that diverted waters can cause Kirthar Canal to overflow. PHOTO: REUTERS

Officials warn that diverted waters can cause Kirthar Canal to overflow. PHOTO: REUTERS

SUKKUR: Authorities in Sukkur have decided to cut the Noor Wah embankment in an effort to shield Jacobabad city and the Shahbaz airbase from floodwaters.

Receiving directives from Ijaz Jakhrani, the federal sports minister who hails from Jacobabad, the water has now been diverted to the kachcha areas of Garhi Khairo. Moving along Qamber-Shahdadkot, the water is expected to end up in Manchar Lake in Dadu district and evacuation in Qamber-Shahdadkot has begun.

Following cuts in the Tori and Ghouspur embankments, water had entered Noor Wah, which is half a kilometre from Shahbaz airbase and two kilometres from Jacobabad town. According to sources, the embankments of Noor Wah were in a vulnerable condition and could have developed breaches at many places.

DPO Jacobabad Perwez Chandio told The Express Tribune that this was the natural route of water therefore it would pass through without causing any considerable damage.

Irrigation officials, however, disagreed. Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said that it seemed as if the situation had spiralled out of the administration’s control which is why they were making  such decisions. They said that this water could go past Garhi Yaseen and into the Kirthar Canal, causing the lake to overflow and inundate towns and villages in the area.

Meanwhile, water level at the Guddu and Sukkur barrages is constantly receding. On Friday evening, upstream water level at Guddu Barrage was recorded at 956,878 cusecs and downstream water level was recorded at 956,340 cusecs. At Sukkur barrage, the upstream water level was 1.05 million cusecs and downstream water level was 1.02 million cusecs.

Published in The  Express Tribune, August 14th, 2010.

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  • Muhammad Ali Kanrani
    Aug 14, 2010 - 1:19PM

    i understand that this is very crucial time for sindh and whole pakistan who are sustaining such flood disaster.
    i also pray allah almighty for our sins who we committed intentionally on unintentionally to sheer us out of such huge destruction.
    this is also very sad to know that influential people like ministers to save their properties in their respective towns the are having cuts to the flood water to the political orphan people. and destroying the property of others which is not good for future and unity and brotherhood. balochistanies who open heartedly received sindhies in their crutial pain time today in reward the flood water from noor wah is cut to the sem Shakh and than a cut is had to Jaffarabad than to Jhat Pat. this is not sign of brotherhood. i strongly condemn such notorious acts and strongly censure such black sheeps for their sinful acts.
    further more i may state that this is a natural disaster and should be faced bravely and all measures shall be taken to save ourselves and shall no step be taken to destruct others otherwise this is well known that sindhies had not left the taliban of swat when they were in extreme need of shelter by calling them terrorists but balochistan did not do so that balochistanies are well mannered and well cultured and we know how the neighbours are treated. thanks.Recommend

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