SIALKOT

At least five youth have drowned while bathing in the rivers and canals in Sialkot district during the last two days here as another youth drowned in Bambaanwala-Ravi-Baidian (BRB) Canal Daska near Bharokey-Daska on Sunday.

The rescuers fished out the dead body. Zeeshan, 22, was student of third year at a Daska college. He was laid to rest in his native graveyard. A large number of people attended his funeral. The district administration has not imposed ban under section 144 PPC on bathing and picnicking in rivers, canals, streams and water channels.

Meanwhile, a large number of the people affected by sizzling heat and prolonged power outages thronged the rivers, canals and water channels to get them cool. A rush of the people was witnessed at Head Marala-Sialkot along the banks of Rivers Chenab, Tavi and Jammu and along the banks of canals namely Upper Chenab canal (UCC) near Sambrial, Malkhaanwala and Saahowala, Marala-Ravi-Link (MR Link) Canal neat Motra-Daska and Pasrur, Bambaanwala-Ravi Baidian (BRB) Canal near Bambaanwala and Daska and Lower Chenab canal near Bambaanwala and Nandipur-Gujranwala. The people were jumping into the rivers and canals waters and bathing there to save them from blazing sun and power outages.

The practice remains unchecked leaving a question mark on the performance of district administration. The Head Marala is also a picnic spot near Sialkot along the banks of River Chenab, where a large number of people reach to joy the natural landscape and beauty. Boats are back in River Chenab at a picnic spot near Head Marala-Sialkot as the water level was souring up in River Chenab due to the recent heavy rains in Sialkot region and melting of the snow from Icy Alps of neighbouring Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.