MUZAFFARGARH/SHEIKHUPURA/
KAMOKE
Enrage rivers - Sutlej, Chenab and Ravi continued rampage through large swath of Punjab lands, washing away standing crops, communication means and even residential areas.
According to details, floodwater touched the Shershah, Akbar and Nawabpur protective dykes which inundated 67 villages of Muzaffargarh district besides leaving another 24 injured.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Tuesday, floods have damaged 5,427 houses and standing crops on 325,000 acres of land. It said that overall 199,034 people were affected by floods. It said that as many as 267 villages had been ruined by the flash floods triggered by heavy downpours. A large number of people have been shifted to safer places from the area. In River Indus, high flash flood of over 0.5 million cusecs is passing through the Dera Ghazi Khan areas after passing through Ghazi Ghat in Muzaffargarh District and Jampur areas. According to the Muzaffargarh district administration, all safety bunds are safe and no breach has been occurred across the district. ADC Sikander Zulqurnain Katchi said that there was no immediate threat to Muzaffargarh city. He said that water was gradually increasing in the area due to the arrival of Chenab water in River Indus through Punjnad Headworks. The floodwater has inundated many villages in the district as thousands of people have built homes in the river bed. Sikandar said that the rescue teams of different departments were shifting people to safer places from the both sides of the river. He said that 67 villages of Alipur tehsil have been hit by flood while standing crops on thousands of acres had been destroyed.
Meanwhile, water level in Chenab River is gradually rising near Muzaffargarh district and the villages of Pond areas and the river belt are inundated. According to DCO Farasat Iqbal Chaudhry, high flood in River Chenab is expected to pass through the area on Wednesday (today). Meanwhile, Punjab Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal also visited flood effected areas of the district. He directed the district government to utilize all possible resources for accelerating relief activities in the flood-hit areas. Hassan Iqbal expressed satisfaction over the measures being taken by the administration.
On the other hand, more than 300 villages have submerged in floodwater in Jhang district and the water is now mounting pressure on the protective bund of the city.
The discharge of water from Trimon Headworks is recorded at 237,000 cusecs and the water level is rising.
According to the Punjab Highway Department‚ Jhang-Sargodha Road is closed for all type of traffic from kilometre number 5 to 19‚ due to floodwater.
Chund Massan to Pir Kot Sadhna Road is also closed for traffic.
However‚ Narowal-Muridke Road is closed only for heavy traffic at kilometre number 9 and 10.
In SHEIKHUPURA, River Ravi and various watercourses submerged 130 Industrial Units located on GT and Lahore Road, while 230 villages and four police kiosks in Tehsil Ferozewala and Sharqpur Tehsils have also been inundated by the floodwater on Tuesday. While thousands acre of standing paddy crop, vegetable and fodder have also been undated by the water. The badly effected industrial units are Mandiali Paper and Board Mills, Shahzad and Kamran Steel Mills, wire manufacturing factories, Mono Group Textile Industries and other dozens of Chemical Industries. The floodwater caused considerable loss to the machinery, buildings, raw material and stock of consignments were destroyed.
On contact some industrialists told that it would take three to four months to make the units start functioning again.
On the other hand, in village Mandiali Saran crocodile and snack bite incidents have been reported. The affected people have demanded the Punjab government to declare affected areas as calamity hit. While the district administration has failed to reach to the affectees in a befitting way and they have been left at the mercy of the goddess.
In Kamoke floodwater from nullahs Dek and Khoot wrecked havoc and affected around 200 villages. The floodwater destroyed standing crops and caused mass exodus.