CHUNIAN

After getting a tooth-breaking response from Pakistan Army at LoC, India has now come up with water terror by opening doors of Hari Sing Dam at once and discharged a deluge of water to the capacity of 87,000 cusec downstream in Sutlej. Subsequently put the lives and property of thousands of residents of various villages in Kasur district.

As per details, River Sutlej is furious once again and various villages of Kasur district including Talwar Post, Basra, Baqar-Key, Kothi Fateh Muhammad, Bedian, Mandi Usman Wala, Sanda and others are vulnerable to devastation of floodwater roaring down in River Sutlej.

The floodwater has burst the river banks, sinking lands measuring more than 10,000 acres. Currently the water level in Sutlej is 19.60 feet which is a signal of low flood. A flow of 45,850 cusec is presently passing by which has done a significant damage already. This shows that how destructive the condition will be at the time when a flow of 87,000 cusec will pass through the district.

Reports from Hari Singh Dam in India suggest that water flow is on decline and it shall be reduced to 77,000 cusec by Tuesday (today) at Pak-India border. But still it is enough to do it's job.

Talking to The Nation, Safdar Ali, Representative of Irrigation Department Kasur, told that presently the gauge at River Sutlej showed the water level at 19.40 feet. He cautioned that the river was going to become more furious in upcoming days. Tonight, he said, the water level was expected to increase reasonably. On the other hand, Kasur DCO Syed Javed Iqbal Bukhari said that the situation was in control and emergency relief camps had been set up in the area. He pointed out that the main problem was the evacuation as villagers were not ready to leave their homes and cattle at any cost.

Talking to this correspondent, Noor Ahmad, a villager, said, "We have lost our lands and crops to water. "What else we have? these animals alone", he answered himself. "If we leave these animals here to die without food we will die too as nothing else will be left for us to live". A woman, Shakeela Bibi said that they would prefer death along their cattle in their homes to living in government camps without food and shelter.

A local social activist, Advocate Ghias Ahmad Khan said that the Health Department should pace up its efforts to avert the possible outbreak of Cholera, Dengue and Skin diseases in the flood-hit areas. He said that the district administration should utilise all its resources and energies before it was too late. The funds issued by the Provincial Government should be utilised for the citizen's welfare.

Mr Muhammad Anwar, General Secretary of KRK Development Trust said that the government should have had set up safety walls around the bank adjacent to these villages. He demanded a Sutlej Master Plan for safety wall around the river bank to avert the concurrent threat of floods.