HAFIZABAD - The Flood Forecasting Division has put the district administration on red alert due to likely flood in River Chenab. Currently, water flow in River Chenab is 1,96,000 cusecs at Qadirabad on Thursday evening which would further rise during the next 24 hours due to heavy rains in the catchment areas. The Qadirabad barrage has the capacity of 0.9 million cusecs. During 1992 high flood, water discharge in River Chenab was 9,48,530, in 1988 8,92,000 and in 1973 8,54,941 cusecs.

Meanwhile, DCO Muhammad Usman declared that the district administration had made comprehensive plan to meet any eventuality in case of flood in the river. He cancelled leaves of all government employees.

He said that 9 relief centres had already been set up at Bairiwala, Vanike Tarar, Asadullahpur, Qadirabad Colony, Adda Khanpur, Muzafar Nau, Jalalpur Bhattian, Tahli Goraya, Pindi Bhattian and Thathi Behloolpur and officials of Health, Livestock departments, Rescue-1122 have been put on high alert and have been directed to evacuate the flood stricken villagers and their cattle in case of likely flood. He said that in case of high flood 166 villages would be affected.

He further said that control room had been set up in his office and General Assistant Revenue Saeed Ahmad has been appointed as Focal Person (0547-523351) while he had set up his camp office at Qadirabad. He said that 100 tents had been provided by the provincial government and six boats had been made available to the rescue squad for prompt evacuation of the marooned people.