Crops spreading over more than 1,000 acres of land in eight villages were inundated an eroded due to a 100-feet breach occurred in Abe Hayyat canal near Chak 5-P in tehsil Khanpur in the wee hours of Wednesday.

A small breach occurred in the canal near Head Mud Bangla village Wahi Hazrat and then extended to 100 feet. Water entered villages Haji Akbar Ali Bhullar, Laran, Dewaan Khouh, Mouza Wahi Hazrat and other areas and damaged houses and crops. A local resident, Ch Sajjad Akbar, told reporters that the people of the area informed the irrigation officials and staff but they did not reach even after 5 hours due to which the breach extended to 100 feet and water spread in the maximum area eroding the cotton and sugarcane crops and houses.

People shifted their cattle and belongings on the bank of canal on self-help basis. Chief Engineer irrigation Bahawalpur Malik Khurshiduz Zaman visited the site later with local MPA Ijaz Shafi and evaluated the losses. The chief engineer told the people that the breach occurred due to excessive discharge of water in the canal however a strict action will be taken against the responsible employees. The affected people protested against the irrigation department and said that this was second breach during 24 hours in the canal. They demanded that the secretary irrigation should compensate them for the losses.

LOADSHEDDING: The Mepco authorities are carrying out unscheduled loadshedding in the urban as well as rural areas here. The duration of loadshedding has reached to 18 hours a day.

The supply of electricity at Sehar and Iftar is also being suspended. In the areas of Abbasia Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Satellite Town, New Officers Colony and Town Hall, electricity is provided for only 2-5 minutes in every hour creating hard ships for people.

The business circles, traders and citizen criticised the government and demanded proper supply of electricity at least during Saher, Iftar and Taraveeh prayers.