MULTAN - The deployment of army troops begun in Multan amid evacuation of citizens from the areas located along the bank of River Chenab on Friday as flood is likely to enter the periphery of the district on Sunday afternoon. A contingent of 250 army men equipped with flood-fighting gear was deployed in Shujabad Tehsil while more contingents would be deployed in different areas of the district till Saturday noon. In a high-level meeting chaired by the Garrison Commander Maj-Gen Umar Farooq Durrani here at Corps Headquarters, the flood situation was reviewed and different strategies were discussed to cope with any emergency situation. The Garrison Commander assured civil administration that the army jawans would extend full support to the citizens in case of flood.

Meanwhile, the district administration set up 16 camps for the flood affectees while vaccination of livestock in riverine areas was also launched. A livestock officer disclosed that vaccination of 70 per cent animals was done as 105 dispensars and 20 officers participated in this exercise on four vehicles. Similarly, the livestock and dairy development departments set up 21 relief camps for the flood affectees.

A Rescue 1122 source said that seven boats of the department participated in evacuation operation which continued for the last 48 hours. He added that six more boats were put on stand by for any emergency situation. On the other hand, the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah directed all concerned departments to ensure completion of evacuation operation till Saturday evening.  He directed the concerned officials to inform the people about flood through public announcements through loud speakers of masjids and ensure evacuation of women, children and elderly citizens on priority basis. He directed the officials to keep the relief camps open round the clock and deploy staff in three shifts.

The DCO visited different villages located along the riverbank in Nawabpur, Muhammadwala and Sher Shah areas and inspected flood fighting arrangements.