The water flow in River Chenab in Multan has touched the mark of 350,000 cusec on Thursday and the intensity of floodwater is expected to start declining on Friday (today).

Talking to the journalists here at a tent village set up for flood victims, Multan DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah said that the floodwater did not come out of flood banks and its level would go down considerably within next two to three days. Giving details of rescue and recovery operation, he said that over 2,500 flood affectees were given shelter in four tent villages set up for them where free food, medicines and other facilities were offered to them. He added that the bags full of edibles were shipped to those families which refused to vacate their homes despite flood. He said that the aid goods were being provided to the flood affectees with the cooperation of Punjab Disaster Management Authority and local philanthropists.

The DCO told the journalists that besides cooked food, the administration had also set up medical camps in each tent village where doctors examined the patients for free and provided medicines to them. He disclosed that 63 families refused to leave their homes in Head Muhammadwala area and they were supplied dry ration and medicines at their homes. He said that the vaccination of animals in flooded areas was also underway while green fodder was also being provided to their owners. He announced that dry fodder would be given to the animal breeders on their return.

He said that the government was highly concerned on the arrival of flood water on River Sutlej as people erected illegal settlements in river bed. He hoped that the flood would pass through Multan without any disaster. While visiting tent villages, the directed the administrators to launch registration of flood affectees so that they could be given food and other facilities without any delay. The DCO announced that the district government Multan would provide machinery and diesel for the repair of Zamindara Bund that was badly damaged by River Sutlej.  He said that the government had a serious realization of destruction and damages being faced by the citizens because of recent flood and a comprehensive plan was on cards for their rehabilitation. Meanwhile, the jawans of Multan Corps of Pakistan Army also continued their flood rescue and recovery operation. According to ISPR, the army boats rescued at least 663 families from flooded areas and shipped them to safe places. Similarly, the Multan Corps set up a medical camp at Akbar Flood Bund and 550 people were given medical aid besides distribution of ration packets and cooked food among flood victims. The Multan Corps also set up a tent village for the flood affectees.

Meanwhile, the administration has decided to send recommendation to the government for writing off the agricultural loans of farmers from the villages where floodwater ruined standing crops. Sources said that the third phase of flood rescue and recovery operation was being launched under which measures would be adopted for the rehabilitation of flood victims. It is learnt that the teams of local administration will carry out surveys of flood affected areas to make disaster assessments mentioning losses caused to crops and homes by the flood. Sources said that a comprehensive disaster assessment document would be prepared and sent to the government.