People warned of high to very high flood in River Chenab

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 11:09:09 by

The Flood Forecasting Division Lahore has warned of high to very high flood in River Chenab.

Chenab at Marala is likely to attain very high flood level and at Khanki and Qadirabad high to very high flood level today.

Meanwhile‚ the flood water flooded Nullah Dek overflowed near village Chahoor in Pasrur Tehsil.

In Pasrur Tehsil‚ 27 villages were inundated besides badly affected the standing crops on thousands of acres in the area.

According to the senior officials of Sialkot Irrigation Department‚ twenty villages of Zafarwal and Qila Ahmedabad were also inundated by the flood water.

District Coordination Officer Sialkot Malik Abid Hussain Awan said situation is under control in Sialkot district.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed all provincial governments to keep a strict watch on floods in different parts and take urgent rescue and relief measures.

The Prime Minister also directed that the people be kept informed about the latest situation so that they are not caught unaware. He said all necessary measures should be in place to help the people in distress.

Nawaz Sharif also directed the National Disaster Management Authority to pro-actively coordinate with the provincial and district authorities and extend them maximum assistance‚ wherever it is needed.

He further directed the NDMA to keep him informed on hourly basis about the flood situation.

NDMA says so far 84‚272 people have been marooned by floods while standing crops over 354‚982 acres of land have been destroyed.

Similarly‚ 1‚798 houses have been damaged partially and 2‚308 completely in the flash flooding.

According to NDMA‚ ninety three persons have so far lost their lives and ninety four others sustained injuries in various parts of the country due to flash floods.

In its fresh data‚ the authority said eighteen people have died in Punjab‚ 21 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ 22 in Sindh‚ 16 in Balochistan‚ 12 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and four in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Likewise‚ 65 persons have sustained injuries in Punjab‚ 13 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ 10 in Sindh‚ two in Balochistan and four in AJK due to flash flooding.

Meanwhile‚ the NDMA has distributed 25‚998 tents among the flood victims.

It has also distributed 500 blankets among flood victims‚ including 300 in Balochistan and 200 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The authority has also distributed19‚400 mosquito nets among flood hit people throughout the country.

Meanwhile the Met Office has predicted widespread rains in Central and Southern parts of the country during the next 48 hours.

In a fresh advisory it said at times heavy and very heavy falls are likely in South Punjab‚ Eastern Balochistan and Upper Sindh during the next two days. Scattered rain-thundershower is also expected elsewhere in the country.

Meanwhile the Met Office has also warned about High Risk of Flash Flooding in the local streams and barsati Nullahs of D.G. Khan‚ Zhob‚ Sibbi‚ Nasirabad and Kalat divisions during next forty eight hours.

It has advised all concerned authorities to remain high alert during the next two days.


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