MAILSI/MUZAFFARGARH/KOT RADHA KISHAN - Several villages were inundated and standing crops over hundreds of acres were destroyed following breaches in dykes in Vehari and Uch Sharif.

According to reports, the floodwater entered schools and houses, forcing people to reach safer places through rescue boats after a breach in an embankment on River Sutlej.

Similarly, an embankment on River Chenab collapsed in Uch Sharif, submerging Noorwala, Ghafoorabad and other localities in Chistian.

In MUZAFFARGARH, several villages were inundated and crops over hundreds of acres were destroyed following breaches in Seetpur Dran bund, 165 km from here on Tuesday.

According to reports, the floodwater entered schools and houses, forcing people to reach safer places through rescue boats after a breach in an embankment of River Chenab. Similarly, an embankment of River Chenab collapsed in Seetpur Tehsil Alipur. Punjnad floodwater inundated several villages and swept away standing crops over a vast area after breaching the bund. According to the Irrigation Department officials, the Jagir Sadiqabad bund was breached owing to a high tide in River Chenab at Head Punjnad in Uch Sharif, inundating several villages and washing away standing crops on several acres of land. The gushing water breached the safety bund at several places due to which standing cotton and onion crops over a vast area have been damaged while cotton crop over a much large area is likely to get damaged due to the flood.

Houses in different villages have been collapsed, crops have affected and residents are facing severe difficulties. On the other hand, Irrigation Department Bahawalpur WEN Chaudhry Muhammad Akram Javed told this scribe that currently 300,000 cusecs of water was flowing through Head Punjnad and termed the situation normal as it had the capacity of over 0.7 cusecs.

Meanwhile, DCO Farasat Iqbal Chaudhry said that all precautionary measures had been adopted to cope with likely flood situation in the Tehsil Alipur. He said that there was no flood threat to Alipur city.

He claimed that he had personally visited the affected areas of Seetpur in Alipur and Jatoi tehsils and finalised all necessary arrangements. He said that due to the current wave of rainfalls water level in Chenab River could exceed.

In KOT RADHA KISHAN, thousands of families affected by the flood in River Sutlej and rains are facing numerous problems after the closure of relief camps in the Ganda Singhwala area. The victims told that diseases like gastro, dengue and malaria had spread in the flood-hit areas, but the district administration closed all relief camps after the visit of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Growers Association District President Ch Sannaullah and Ch Shakeel appealed to the chief minister and the Lahore Commissioner to declare the affected areas as calamity-hit and announce compensation for them. They said that it was pity that the flood victims were suffering from various diseases, while the officials had closed the relief camps.