LAHORE - District Coordination Officer Lahore, Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta has said there is no chance of flooding in the River Ravi declaring the rumours of announcements made by the mosques of nearby villages and other localities in this regard as baseless. Earlier, flood warning centre and the district administration had issued a warning to the residents of the low-lying areas situated on the bank of the Ravi as a precautionary measure just to prepare them for evacuation in case of any possible flood, he added. Reportedly, river water hit some of the low-lying surrounding areas situated on the bank of river including Babu Sabu and Bhadru Villages. DCO while talking to this scribe on Sunday said water level in the River Ravi was decreasing rapidly at various points. For instance water level at Jassar was about 22,000 cusecs on Saturday, which on Sunday decreased to 14,000 cusecs whereas water level at Shahdara was about 41,000 cusecs which was also decreasing rapidly. He said arrival of 60,000 to 65,000 cusecs of water at Shahdara could cause flood-like situation in the river so there is no threat of flood at present. India has not informed Pakistan about release of water in the Ravi so far. He said that flood warning centre and other water authorities of Pakistan are in constant contact with Indian authorities in this regard. He said that the City administration had started crackdown on land mafia occupying govt lands illegally in the riverbed which raised fears that the evacuation might be part of rescue operation after flood warning. However, rumours and announcements of flood in mosques of various villages and residential localities situated on the bank of the river made by some unidentified persons caused chaos and panic among the residents of the areas and people of these areas, as precautionary measure evacuated their houses due to threat of a possible flood. Moreover, the residents of various localities started contacting and informing their relatives, resided in the safe areas, about their shifting. In this regard, a large number of residents of some villages of Lahore district and Sheikhupura district including Faizpur, Nainsukh, Burge Attari, Moranwala, Langian Da Thatha, Niya Pind, Tur-adaywali, Karol Pind, Khok-har, Bhama Jhugia and Sagian villages have started evacuation as result of announcements and shifted to some safer areas. However, the people of such localities have demanded of the higher authorities to initiate action against those involved in spreading rumours of flood, which not only cause a massive nuisance for the people of such areas while they were shifting their animals and other households to some secure places but also make them perturbed about the loss of their crops and houses.