SIALKOT

The district administration has restored the road link of 85 far-off flooded villages of Bajwat, Narowal and Gujrat districts while 28 villages of Chawinda are still disconnected, an officialdom claimed.

MNA Armughan Subhani was talking to newsmen after visiting the flooded areas of Head Marala, Bajwat and Sialkot along with MPAs Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Rana Muhammad Iqbal Harnah, Sufi Muhammad Ishaq and DCO Nadeem Sarwar.

Floods in swollen River Chenab and River Tavi had disconnected these villages two weeks ago. The MNA said that local flood affectees have also started going back to their homes, while government was continuing relief activities there to help them upon their return to the 85 Bajwat villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

The swollen River Tavi had eroded two bridges over River Tavi near Chaprar during the flash flood, due to which these 20 villages were disconnected from the rest of Sialkot district. MNA narrated that in Pasrur tehsil, 28 villages of Chawinda were still lying disconnected from the both neighbouring Sialkot and Narowal districts for the last two weeks, as the flash flood in Nullah Dek had eroded the small sized bridge at Kamalpur Bajwa -Chawinda village connecting to these villages.

He said that local affected people have demanded the early reconnection of these villages in this regard.

Sialkot is faced with great shortage of vegetables after flash flood in River Chenab and River Tavi, which have eroded vegetables on 50,000 acres of land in the region.

Sialkot is a hub of vegetables for their consumption to the local markets in Head Marala, Bella Belt, Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Bajwat, Satrah, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda, Zafarwal and surrounding areas along the banks of River Chenab and River Tavi. Now, there is no supply of locally produced vegetables in the region and the traders are buying vegetables from the other parts of the country to meet the local consumption. The situation resulted in the shortage of the vegetables in Sialkot region. However, the local traders and shopkeepers are selling the vegetables at exorbitant rates.

There sell potatoes at the rate of Rs100 per kg while the rate of potatoes is Rs50 per kg. The rate of the onion has also jumped to Rs110 per kg from Rs50 after the flood while tomatoes are soled at the rate of Rs160 per kg. Some district officials, while requesting anonymity, said that the officials concerned were much busy in anti flood and relief duties and they have no time to look into the matter of vegetables’ shortage.