KARACHI The torrent of floodwater, registering 0.514 million cusecs mark, after devastating scores of villages in Punjab, entered Sindh at Guddu Barrage on Wednesday evening, leaving a number of villages in District Kashmore inundated. However, the continued rainfall in upper Sindh has also hindered the pace of operation for evacuation of people as well as maintenance of Indus River embankments, PDMA DG Muhammad Saleh Farooque said. Talking to TheNation, he confirmed that rainfalls had impeded the rescue and evacuation operation in the Kachcha areas of Kashmore, Ghotki, Sukkur and Khairpur districts. The rains caused erosion of sands from embankments of Indus River, he said, adding that DCOs and the Irrigation Department officials had contacted the PDMA to seek help in the maintenance of the embankments. Besides this, an additional battalion of Army has also been moved into Kashmore to the aid of the Irrigation Department for repair and maintenance of the embankments while seven Navy teams have been sent to speed up the evacuation of people from Kachcha areas, he added. He maintained that the main torrent of flood water had entered Sindh at Guddu Barrage, which left a number of villages in the area inundated. Meanwhile, flood cell established at the Sindh Irrigation Department has confirmed that flood water recording 0.514 million cusecs mark has entered Sindh at Guddu Barrage in the evening on Wednesday, while a discharge of 0.234 million cusecs of water has been measured at Sukkur Barrage and 0.125 million cusecs at Kotri Barrage, which is termed low level and normal flood. According to the officials, the level of flood water is on the rise gradually as it is expected that around 0.8 million to 0.9 million cusecs of flood water is likely to flow into Sindh at Guddu, today or tomorrow (August 5 and 6). They say that the next 24 hours are very crucial for the Sukkur Barrage as super flood of above 0.9 million cusecs will approach Sindh within 24 hours. Meanwhile, Irrigation experts and the Sindh Chief Minster have already expressed doubts about the safe passage of over 0.9 million cusecs of water from Sukkur Barrage. However, reports emanating from flood-hit areas show that the government has not made adequate arrangements at camps, set up for the people of Katcha areas likely to be affected by the deluge. Even, people seem to be avoiding going in and taking shelter in these relief camps as they prefer to stay at their relatives in safer areas. However, the PDMA and health experts are expressing their concerns about the possibility of the spread of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas in the province. The PDMA, in its 24 points warning note has appealed to the people, living in low-lying katcha areas/vulnerable places to immediately shift to safer places or government established camps. According to the authority, there is a fear of epidemics in the aftermath of the flood. It has advised the government that medical facilities should be made available at relief camps. Take special care of children, women and old persons to save them from sudden current of flood waters, it asserted. In its warning, the PDMA said: Do not go near the riverbanks even after the flood water has receded and ensure availability and spray of necessary medicines over stagnant dirty water.