KOTRI/KARACHI Rejecting the warning of super flood, over 3,000 residents living on embankments of Indus River at Kotri Barrage have preferred not to leave their homes for safer places, as they do not feel any fear from swelling water flow at the barrage. On the other hand, authorities have ordered vacating Jacobabad City, as Noorwah Canal is expected to devastate the area. Floodwaters constantly increasing on the protective embankments at Larkana as a huge tide with over one million cusecs is passing through Nusrat Loop Bund, Akil Agani Loop, Parana Abad Loop Bund and Hasan Wahan Loop Bund. Over 100 villages in katcha areas have submerged under floodwater. Army evacuated 2,000 people marooned in a village in large boats of Pak Navy. Reports said hundreds of people who had left their homes and shifted to safer places were seen helpless at Khanpur-Kandhkot Indus Highway, waiting for food and other basic items. The flood tide is making headway towards Jacobabad and Mubarakpur Karim Bux after ravaging Jacobabad area of Thul. People migrating from Kandhkot, Thul, Ghauspur and Karampur and various Jacobabad areas, said no government official or agency had approached them for help. The water situation at Raini Canal in Ghotki tehsil of Obaro has worsened. However, gas supply from Qadirpur Gasfield of Ghotki has been restored. Reports said situation of Faridabad and other bunds was quite dangerous as Army personnel and volunteers are supervising the bunds. Flood victims in Dadu tehsil of Mehar protested against non-availability of relief goods and set tyres on fire. Floodwater raging towards Kotri Barrage and at least 15 villages adjacent to Kasiar protective embankment near Hyderabad, have been declared sensitive. The district administration in Tando Muhammad Khan has declared 17 villages of catchments near protective bund of Malakasiar as sensitive. Relief camps have been set up in Tando Muhammad Khan. According to DCO Tando Muhammad Khan, 30,000 people of these 17 villages may be affected by the potential flood. The relief camps, set up by Sindh government in Jamshoro and Hyderabad districts, lack basic facilities like clean drinking water and food. Therefore, we will not leave our homes like gypsies. Though, the current water flow in Indus does not indicate any danger, but if any situation arises, we will go on boats to move with water, the affectees said. Humera Mallah, sitting with her eight children, with tears rolling down her cheeks, said, Where should we go after leaving this place. We are living here for 40 years. The government will not let us come back to live in our homes as this colony is established inside the embankment of Kotri Barrage. If floodwater enters our houses, we will go upside at river bank, but we will not move to other place. Allah will protect us from the floodwater, she expressed her belief. Ahrraf Ali Mallah is also not ready to leave his home. We are fishermen, so we know the flow of River Indus very well. But surprisingly, he was very much happy seeing the water flowing through the river, saying, Fresh water will bring more fish for us. When his attention was drawn towards possible destruction of his house, Ahrraf said, We grew up in the Indus water, adding, The govt would do nothing at the relief camps; therefore, why should we displace our children. Though, the chief secretary and other top Sindh govt officials deny the reports of any threat to Kotri Barrage, the District Jamshoro administration said the history indicated that the left bank always felt the water thrust and a number of areas in Hyderabad might experience flooding. EDO Revenue Suhail Adeeb Bachani said there was no accurate estimate about the water flow at Kotri, but he did not deny the reports of possible threat to the Kotri City with a population of over 100,000. The upstream water flow in River Indus at Kotri was recorded at 0.205 million cusecs with a downstream discharge of 0.196 million cusecs while the water flow is expected to reach 0.6 million to 0.8 million cusecs during next two days (August 15 and 16). Sixteen years have passed since the Kotri Barrage hosted extreme flood level and this is why the people living at the tail end of Indus in Badin and Thatta districts are celebrating, which will bring prosperity for them because water is River Indus downstream Kotri has become a luxury. Meanwhile, PPP MNA Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur along with DCO Jamshoro Sami Siddique and other officials visited the embankments, urging the people to move to safety. Talking to TheNation, Talpur said the flood-affected people were angry with the PPP government despite the fact it was making all-out efforts to provide basic facilities at relief camps. After their departure, the locals said that the government functionaries visited the place only to get media coverage. They do not provide food for the flood affectees. Sultan Mallah, 45, said the government had done nothing for them. The occupants of at least 500 houses, situated on the embankments at Kotri, have refused to relocate. But contrary to the facts, DCO Jamshoro Sami Siddique while talking to TheNation claimed that over 50 per cent population, likely to be affected, had been evacuated. According to the District Government Jamshoro, a total 48,781 people of 94 villages in katcha area of the district are likely to be affected by floodwaters while 25,000 of them have been shifted to the relief camps. But, the ground facts reveal that only 4,000 people have so far been shifted to the relief camps. Interestingly, the district government has not mentioned the people living at the embankments as the potential affectees. The flow of floodwater at Sukkur Barrage on upstream was 10,97,000 cusecs and downstream 10,72,000 cusecs while flow of floodwater at Guddu Barrage up and downstream was steady at 9,76,000 cusecs, as such water level at Guddu Barrage was decreasing, according to irrigation sources of Sukkur on Thursday. Agencies adds: Panic gripped Jacobabad city Thursday as people started shifting to the adjoining areas of Balochistan after the authorities warned them to vacate the city, as floodwaters continued devastating parts of the district. These instructions were given in a handout issued by DCO Dr Kazim Hussain Jatoi, as he ordered the citizens shifting to safer locations. It is feared that the floodwaters from Thul would enter Noorwah Canal after which the flood torrent is expected to move towards the Jacobabad city. But the DCO claimed that efforts were on to fortify the canal embankments. Earlier, thousands of affectees from the surrounding areas who had opted to relocate themselves to Jacobabad experienced further torment, as many of them fell ill due to waterborne diseases. On the other hand, Shahbaz Airbase, the third largest in the country, is also expected to be inundated, as gushing water has devastated the areas of Thul after several breaches in Baigari Canal. In village Mirpur Barro, nine persons, including a woman and her three children, lost their lives as a result of drowning. In Shikarpur, at least 650 villages had been inundated while 300,000 people of settled and katcha areas were badly affected so far by the floodwaters, which had also claimed five lives while injuring more than 450 others. Addressing a news conference at his office, DCO Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said 60 per cent of the cultivated area had been completely devastated while more than 14,135 houses were damaged. According to meteorological department, a 'very high to exceptionally high flood level is expected near Chashma, in Punjab. Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry said on Thursday more rains are expected in Punjab, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Sindh and Islamabad on August 14 and 15. River Indus is flowing in exceptionally high flood with falling trend in Guddu-Sukkur reach with water outflow of 996,000 and 1,090,000 cusecs respectively and in very high flood with rising trend in Chashma-Taunsa reach with water 0discharge of 796,000 and 762,000 cusecs, respectively. According to daily report issued by Federal Flood Commission, the river is in high flood with falling trend at Kalabagh and in medium flood with falling trend at Tarbela. River Kabul is in very high flood with falling trend at Nowshera with water outflow of 208,000 cusecs and in medium flood with falling trend at Warsak with water discharge of 79,000 cusecs. The flood peak of exceptionally high flood level is likely to pass through Kotri during the next 24-48 hours which can cause inundation and riverine flooding of low-lying areas of districts Hyderabad, Thatta and adjoining areas along the river. River Indus at Guddu is likely to sustain exceptionally high flood level of up to 1,000,000 cusecs during the next 3-4 days, which can cause inundation and riverine flooding of low lying areas of districts Khairpur, Jacobabad, Ghotki and Sukkur. Tarbela and Mangla dams are at elevations of 1539.22 feet and 1206.00 feet, respectively, which are 10.78 feet and 4.00 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1550.00 feet and 1210.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma is 10.974 MAF as compared to last years 11.190 MAF.