MUZAFFARGARH

The Irrigation Department has issued a flood warning in the wake of the expected flood after recent rains and upcoming monsoon in the district on Saturday.

A medium flood is expected in Chenab and Ravi rivers between July 7 and 9. As the authorities feared that 300 villages in Muzaffargarh District - Tehsil Muzaffargarh, Alipur and Kot Addu are likely to be affected by the expected flash floods during this year, the warning read. The district administration has started preparations for fighting recurring floods by making effective measures to save maximum areas and people from the menace.

According to official sources, Muzaffargarh District has been divided into 30 sectors under the flood combating plan. The flood control officers have also been deputed at the Flood Control Rooms established in the DCO Office.

Presiding over a meeting DCO Hafiz Shaukat Ali said that the government was formulating tehsil-level flood disaster management committees in the district and appointing focal persons at tehsil level to keep a 24-hour vigil on the flood situation in the coming days.

He said that following the Punjab government’s flood preventing instructions, the district administration had started de-silting of Chenab River on war footing to avert the recurring flood disasters. The Rescue 1122 and civil defence have started special flood-fighting exercises to get prepared for any emergency. The joint important flood planning meetings of Pak Army, district administration, police, Rescue 1122, livestock, agriculture, health departments and TMAs are also being conducted on regular basis to monitor the flood situation.