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Flooding rivers continue to rise across Pakistan

- August 22, 2013 - Updated 115 PKT - From Web Edition

SUKKUR: River Indus is still in high flood with levels of water flowing through Sukkur and Guddu Barrages unremittingly on the rise, while Rivers Chenab and Ravi are yet running wild, Geo News reported.


According to latest reports, the situation in the deluged areas continues to worsen without a letup across Pakistan.


In River Indus, at the moment the at least 5, 68000 and 3, 95000 cusecs of water is flowing through Guddu and Sukkur Barrages respectively.


People living in the high-flood-risk areas across Pakistan especially in Sindh are constantly on the move towards safety.


In this regard Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed has directed Deputy Commissioners of the districts along with Indus River for issuance of early warning to the people residing in Katcha areas to evacuate and move to safer places immediately.


“All the higher officials and local staff have been directed to warn the people residing close to the river bank or under flood threat, through megaphones, word of mouth, and announcements, in mosques to evacuate and move to safer places immediately” said he.


Moreover, rescue operations to pull through those who were stranded by flood waters are also underway.


With regard to River Chenab, official estimates say a high-flood-tide of around 2,50,000 cusecs is passing by Multan and Muzaffar Garh right now.


The floodwater in all Punjab rivers Sutlej, Chenab, and Ravi wreaked havoc on property, communication infrastructure, and crops. The flood in River Ravi has so far affected 17 villages including Dalwan, Chishtian, Hashim Chakreeb, Jungle Seetand Bhopri in Mian Channu.


Hundreds of villages were inundated after India released water into River Ravi. The floodwater also cut off road link between Muridke and Narowal.


More than 100,000 people have been affected so far.


In Kasur, crops farmed over hundreds of acres of land went down the drain while floodwater deluged several villages. The health and other departments concerned have set up camps to facilitate the flood-hit people.


Also, following the fresh flood warnings issued for Balochistan, authorities were forced to relocate at least 224 prisoners from Jaafarabad and Naseerabad to Mach and Sibbi jails.

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