KARACHI There is fear whether or not frontline Sukkur Barrage will be able to endure another onslaught of floodwater that has entered Sindh province. More than seven decades old barrage will be facing its worst test when the second wave of floodwater reaches the Barrage. The second wave of fresh floodwater in the River Indus is expected as big as the first one that has already taken heavy toll uprooting millions from their homes and hearths and destroying standing crops. High flood is expected to persist for more than 24 hours due to this new surge of around more than a million cusecs, according to the latest warning issued by the authorities. The floodwaters left behind a trail of widespread destruction, while due to unwise and ill-conceived methods adopted to avoid destruction, the right bank of the Indus River has been destroyed. And now the second flood wave, which has entered Sindh, will ruin the left bank. There are reports that flood statistics are being shown on the lower side to avoid sending panic signals but the situation is dangerous. There are fears that Sukkur Barrage, which has sustained pressure of more that 1.1 million cusecs of water of the first flood, is in danger as it may not endure similar water pressure for the second time. It is true that 1.2 million cusecs water had passed from Sukkur Barrage in 1976 super flood. But it is equally true that in 1976, only one gate of barrage out of 66 was out of order and now 13 gates out of 63 are non-functional due to accumulation of silt. Closure of 13 gates ultimately puts pressure on the remaining gates, and to save the barrage a cut has to be made in Ali Wahan Canal to reduce pressure on Sukkur Barrage. The proposed cut will sink the left bank. Cuts in Tori-Ghouspur embankment was a blunder that ruined entire Indus right bank and caused unprecedented widespread destruction. Whosoever had ordered for cut and at whose behest, and who will be benefited by this act is still a mystery. Fingers are pointed towards the mighty feudal, but Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had said that decision was taken to avoid widespread losses. The authorities, however, could have avoid losses by making cut in Ali Wahan-Qadirpur on the left bank, which is considered the right place for cut to save vast destruction. This would not be the first time that breaches would be made in Ali Wahan. Even in ZA Bhutto time in 1976 when Sindh was under similar threatening situation, cuts were made in Wahan which saved Sindh from widespread destruction. The areas, which could be affected by cut in Ali Wahan Canal, are Old Rohri, Kandhra, Saleh Pat, Khairpur Shadi Shaheed, Long Faqir, etc and then water flows out to desert of Thar which could accommodate floodwater. There is desert on the left bank of the River Indus which can accommodate onslaught of floodwater while there are populated areas on the right bank. Experts are of the view that authorities could have avoided these huge losses if they had updated Reni Canal which can easily accommodate 100,000 cusecs water. The hurdles in the natural flow of the River Indus are private embankments known as 'Jagirdari Bunds. Influential and powerful feudal lords had occupied katcha lands on both right and left banks of the Indus and had raised protective embankment to save their crops in katcha. It had been remained a practice in flooding seasons and the poor were drowned to save the crops of the mighty feudal lords. There are 50 'Jagirdari Bunds located on both left and right sides of the Indus, such as Keti Jatoi and Keti Mumtaz on right bank. The Army has made cut in Keti Jatoi to save the poor. There are reports that operation has also been launched against 'Jagirdari Bunds in Thatta.