JHANG/CHINIOT/TT SING/SARGODHA/KHUSHAB:Raging waves of river Chenab and Jhelum are causing havoc and washing away everything that comes in its way. Thousands of villages in Chiniot, Jhang, Khushab, Kabirwala, Old Chichawatni and Sargodha have submerged due to the floods whereas the water has made its way into Bhawana city.
Hundreds of villages have been swallowed up by water as dozens of safety barriers ruptured.400,000 cusec flood water reached river Chenab at Head Trimmu Tuesdaymorning and the water level is rising constantly. Flood Peak of 810,000 cusec is likely to reach the barrage tonight which is expected to engulf Sargodha, Khushab, Jhang and Toba Tek Sing.
In a bid to save the barrage, decision has been made to break the Athara Hazari barrier whereas the nearby villages have been evacuated. The high flood is to stay at Head Trimmu till September 12.
DCO Jhang Raja Khurram Shahzad said that the city is safe and no orders have been issued for its evacuation. However, he said people have been asked to remain alert.He said different TV channels were making speculations and asked the people to remain calm. He asked the people not to visit the protective bund which is about two kilometers away from Jhang city.
Vast stretches of land in Chiniot, Kot Momin, Kot Amir Shah, Sargodha Road, Bhawana, Hafizabad, Sukheki, Bhalwal, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal and Mandi Bahauddin are all under flood water.
River Ravi witnessed high tides after heavy downpours and many settlements in Mari Pattan came under water. High floods in river Sutlej engulfed Ganda Singh and dozens of villages nearby.
Flood has washed away many villages along with livestock and harvest causing irrevocable losses to the residents. Emergency has been called and rescue operation is being carried out. Military helicopters and boats are being used to rescue and transfer people to safe havens.
Earlier, floods have ravaged 700 villages throughout Punjab according to Flood Department. High Alert has been issued in Sargodha and Khushab.
Crops expanding on thousands of acres have been devastated by the flood.
The sufferings of the people living in the flooded areas are unspeakable and the situation is worsening every moment. Floods moving at cyclonic speeds are devastating everything that is coming their way.
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