SIALKOT

Standing paddy crop spreading over 6,496 acres of land has been badly damaged due to heavy rains and flood in Sialkot district. According to a rough estimate the paddy crop worth amounting to Rs450 to 500 million has been damaged in all the four tehsils Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of the district.

Sources in the Agriculture Department told The Nation on Saturday that the paddy growers of four tehsils of the district were confronted with serious constrains due to the damage caused to the paddy crop. ­Sources further revealed that under the directive of the Punjab Chief Minister a detailed survey was jointly conducted by the Revenue, local government and Agriculture departments to assess the damages caused by the heavy rains and flood across Sialkot District.

According to the survey report as many as, 449 villages out of total 1,442 villages were adversely affected due to the heavy rains and subsequent floods, sources disclosed. Tehsil-wise affected area is Sambrial 2,700 acres, Pasrur 2,600 acres, Daska 945 acres and Sialkot tehsil 251 acres affected by the flood and heavy rains. Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils of the district were the most affected areas.  Sources said that paddy crop cultivated in low-lying areas was affected adversely due to heavy rains and floods in district.