Dozens of villages and standing crops have been affected by flooding in the Chenab River. The flood peak passed through the river near Trimmu Barrage on Tuesday night and headed towards Multan. It also inundated dozens of nearby villages in addition to hitting scores of standing crops. The flood water affected the Kharkan village, the Batafi village and Basti Ganga near the bank of the Chenab.
The flow at Trimo Barrage was recorded at 85,000 cusecs on Tuesday. The barrage has a capacity to receive 87,000 cusecs of water and release 74,000 cusecs.
Mujahid Sherdil, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority director general, said on Wednesday that the flooding in some rivers of the province had abated and that all the rivers were in normal flow now.
He said some people living in the river bed near Ferozewala had been shifted to Kachha area.
He said the local administration had helped them (the affected) to relocate. He said no loss of life and property had been reported.
Sherdil said that the breach at Kandhar Canal in Khanpur had been made by some residents of the area.
He said it had been plugged by the local administration without there being any significant damage. He said all dykes and flood embankments in the province were being regularly inspected.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2012.