DERA GHAZI KHAN The record flash flood in River Indus has effected a change in its traditional riverbed and it has made its new course and started flowing into the populated areas of Kot Addu, Daira Din Panah, Jhoke Utra, Ghousabad, Shero, Basti Pattal, Taunsa Morh, Sheikh Omar and Thermal Power plant. The changed situation has affected over half a million people, increasing the total number of shelterless people to over 1.3 million. The flood has also badly damaged the railway track at various locations on Multan-Kot Addu Junction, Kot Addu-DG Khan-Kashmore section as well as on Kot Addu-Bhakkar-Mianwali section, thus completely suspending the railway traffic while the heavy traffic was also not allowed to cross Ghazi Ghat and Chenab Bridge over River Indus and River Chenab on Dera-Multan National Highway. Six persons died in Tehsil Taunsa Sharif after the ongoing flood while the breach in the protection spur near Taunsa Barrage could not be bridged, which played havoc in the thickly populated areas of Tehsil Kot Addu. It also flooded the Muzaffargarh Canal and TP Link Canal at various places. Officials said that the repair and rehabilitation work of canals may take two months. These canals irrigate the lands in the districts of Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan. The latest water flow at Taunsa Barrage was recorded as 789,000 cusecs, 584,000 cusecs at Chashma Barrage and 486,000 at Kalabagh. It is expected to recede from Tuesday morning. The persistent rains over the Suleman Ranges caused high flood in hill torrents, that include 37,000 cusecs in Sanghar, 27,780 cusecs in Vehova, 24,767 cusecs in Vidore, 29,270 cusecs in Sorrilund, 33,800 cusecs in Kaura. These torrents have become part of Indus River after damaging the plain and sub-hilly areas.