JHANG/MINCHINABAD

Chenab River is in high flood while the overflowing water has flooded dozens of low-lying villagers along the river.

The affected villages include: Billy Naulan, Pakkeywala, Dado Aana, Daoka, Habib, Wagha Kaleka, Patoana, Jandran, Toppa Bila, Billa Mirjana, Masson, Jharki, Gulwal and a large number of other villages of right and left banks of Chenab River. The floodwater has completely eroded cotton and other Rabi crops in the villages. The people are leaving these areas for safer places along with their cattle.

However, the district administration is paying no heed to the flood affected areas amid the fear of spread of dengue and other epidemics in these areas. Health facilitators have also disappeared from the flooded areas. That is why the inhabitants of flood affected areas are facing troubles and waiting for help but it seems that administration has nothing to do with them as they are playing the role of silent spectators.

On the other side, Minchinabad is faced with flood threat as water level at Head Sulemanki point is continuously rising after India has released water in River Sutlej towards Pakistan.

After release of thousand of cusecs of water in River Sutlej in the last three days, India has further released 87,000 cusecs of water into the River Sutlej. As of now the water has reached close to the villages of Minchinabad region. The rising water level has started creating panic among the people living in this belt. The Sutlej was reported to be dangerous as water level is rising by half a centimetre with each passing hour. The locals of the river belt informed The Nation that water has increased drastically in the river in the past two days. The flooding threat has loomed large in the low-lying areas of Mauza Usman Pur, Hasil Sarho, Bachiyan Wali, Laleka etc.

A many other such localities and villages of tehsil Minchinabad are also facing such threats. The tehsil administration after witnessing a steep rise in the water level has become alert. Assistant Commissioner Arshad Mehmood Sidhu has issued flood warning to the Sutlej River belt residents.

Talking to the media, he said that the residents have been instructed to shift to safe places and added that the administration had established six flood camps to avert any untoward incidents in the area.