Multan, Muzaffargarh under threat as floods move south

Published: September 11, 2014
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Soldiers use an inflatable boat to rescue flood-affected residents from a village  in Punjab. PHOTO: AFP

Soldiers use an inflatable boat to rescue flood-affected residents from a village in Punjab. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: As floodwaters move downstream through Punjab, Multan and Muzaffargarh are under serious threat of flooding in the next 24 hours, Express News reported.

To save the cities from the swollen Chenab River, explosives have been planted to blow three strategic dykes to divert the floodwater away from Muzaffargarh and Multan.

The army is monitoring important installations and headworks in Multan while the city’s Corps Commander is directly overseeing the situation. All schools in the area are also closed for the next two days.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also visited flood-hit areas of Forward Kahuta in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, where he was informed that rainwater has not caused any damage to basic infrastructure of Neelum Jhelum hydel project, however, trade and bus service to Indian-administered Kashmir is suspended due to the calamity.

The premier was told that floods have destroyed 15 big and 175 small bridges in the area while Muzaffarabad-Chakothi road is temporary closed. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Dawood Oglu also spoke to PM Nawaz and expressed grief over the losses caused by floods.

Announcing the release of relief packages worth Rs100 million to each district affected by the monsoon rains, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that it was the government’s prime responsibility to evacuate stranded people. He said people were removed from most of the flood-hit areas.

The provincial chief minister, while speaking to media in Chiniot, said three helicopters were being used for carrying food and medicines to flood victims.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also directed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to start assessment of damages in the flood-affected areas and told all concerned authorities to provide realistic estimates of the damage caused before any rehabilitation work is undertaken.

He further told NDMA to inform the public about losses caused to life and property in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Punjab to direct relief efforts to places where it is most required.

Further, NDMA said 257 people were killed and more than 1.1 million affected — a figure that includes both those stranded at home and those who fled after the floods hit.

Pakistan Army’s rescue efforts

Pakistan Army troops have rescued 22,000 people stranded by floodwaters around Punjab and Azad Kashmir.

The ISPR said that the army is continuing with it’s relief work in Athara Hazari, Jhang, Chiniot, Ahmadpur Sial and Pir Kot, adding that the army is using seven helicopters and 100 boats for rescue operation. Further, the army has distributed 35 tonnes of food among the flood victims.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • abc
    Sep 11, 2014 - 11:41AM

    This govt. has lost the legitimacy to run the system. They are totally incompetent and lack the will to resolve country problems. Every year the floods bring havoc all over punjab and sindh but they are always compiling reports and making photo sessions. Nonsense

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  • Nadeem Bukhari
    Sep 11, 2014 - 12:26PM

    I love Quaid-e-Azam, he was a great leader. Sacrifice everything for Pakistan and our present politicians and leader sacrifice whole Pakistan for their priorities.

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  • Parvez
    Sep 11, 2014 - 1:14PM

    Releasing money, that the government has to borrow, is what our political governments are good at ( also, the money really never reaches the people )………BUT doing something so that such catastrophes do not happen every single year, apparently is not on their agenda.

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  • Hassan
    Sep 11, 2014 - 1:39PM

    Wish he had spent half the amount earlier on all the districts to prevent the damage in the first place. Its been decades since nation has been witnessing this reactive approach of dealing with crisis when its actually there rather than being proactive in anticipating it in the first place. If pak army wasn’t doing the disaster management duties itself, the death toll would have been in thousands.

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  • pakistani
    Sep 11, 2014 - 1:48PM

    CM sb, please also start new bridges in these cities because if flood comes next year at least they will reach at the top of these bridges to save their lives. they don’t need dams and other preemptive measures to avoid flood!………

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  • sharabi
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:35PM

    We had similar corrupt leaders but now thank god we have a Hardworking CEO type PM.
    For True Leaders Nation comes First, Our PM Mr. Modi has even praised by Rough opposition,
    He is now personally heading the Disaster Management Group for 4 days, Getting Direct Info from NDRF & Ministry of Defense.
    I though that Mr. Sharif should do the same.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:58PM

    Learn from how other countries like holland build dams and use common sense toa avoid these dangers every year .pan smoking is not banned and that leads to litter other neighbouring countries have banned pan if holland didn’t have dams the fertile land half the land would be floodedRecommend

  • Lion King
    Sep 11, 2014 - 9:13PM

    This is the FIFTH SHARIF GOVERNMENT IN PUNJAB.

    Why no champion of “democracy” media person asks the Sharifs why they did not build a proper drainage system and network of small dams to avert / lessen floods ??

    Sharifs are directly responsible for the death of more than 200 people and so are the thugs of wadera corruption party who looted this country with all four limbs from 2008-13. They all would have been in prison for good if these corrupt to the bone species were found in a real “democratic” country.

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