MULTAN
The pressure on flood dikes of Multan intensified on Tuesday as water quantity rose beyond three lac cusecs, causing a miner breach in a flood bank near Jalalabad area of Multan. Irrigation sources said that the flood bank was constructed by the locals on self-help basis and the breach was filled immediately. No life or property loss was reported from the site.
On the other hand, evacuation continued from 116 riverine villages of Multan, although some families still exhibited reluctance to leave their homes. Over 25 boats of Rescue 1122 department operated throughout the days to bring the stranded families out of flooded areas.
About 25,000 people live in 116 flood affected villages out of which 12 are located in the limits of Multan city, 49 Saddr, 15 Shujabad and 30 Jalalpur Pirwala. It is feared that standing crops of cotton, fodder, vegetables and mango orchards on thousands of acres of land have come under water. The vaccination of livestock at 32 flood relief camps set up in different areas of Multan district also continued on Tuesday. Sources in livestock department claimed that 105 teams of veterinary doctors were currently active in flooded areas and the vaccination of about five lac animals was done so far.
Meanwhile, taking serious notice of sudden increase in the prices of animal fodder in flood-hit areas, DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah fixed the rates of fodder and imposed section 144. The order said that unnatural increase in fodder prices could create law and order issue in flood-hit areas and therefore the rates were fixed by the district administration.