Rawalpindi’s Nullah Leh crosses danger mark, inundates many localities

RAWALPINDI, Sep 5 (INP): Water flow in Rawalpindi?s Nullah Leh breached the 18 feet limit early on Friday (2 am) when sirens were sounded and announcements made in the areas around it to warn the people to take precautionary measures.

The administration issued an alert, and sought the Army?s help. Administration also started evacuation of people residing at vulnerable spots near Nullah Leh.

According to details, the incessant rain which started on night falling between Wednesday and Thursday continued for 24 hours that flooded the Nullah that runs through Rawalpindi city. Though the administration cleaned the nullah before the monsoon set in but the continuous rain was more than its capacity.

After the water level crossed the danger point, the nullah water spread in the localities around it. Many other areas were also flooded as the water find space to enter the Leh Nullah. Similarly the small nullahs that feed it were also flooded and people along them spent their night while on guard against the floodwater. These people blamed the local authorities for not dredging the small nullahs resulting in the flooding and causing them problems.

Several affected people said that encroachments along the Leh Nullah were the main cause of their houses inundated by water. They said the municipal authorities ignore illegal constructions for petty amounts and the high ups must take a serious notice of this to avoid flooding in the future.

Many dilapidated houses were damaged as water entered the low lying areas.

Areas situated near the Leh Nullah including Arya Mohallah, Gawalmandi, Jinnah Colony, Nadeem Colony, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed and many other areas faced flood like situation.

Meanwhile, the spillways of Rawal Dam were opened Friday as water in the reservoir reached maximum capacity due to the ongoing heavy downpour.

The released water flowed towards adjacent areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi caused large scale damage. At least 10 houses were completely destroyed. The Pakistan Army assisted in rescuing at least 70 people from flooded areas.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the affected areas on the orders of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Abdul Sattar.

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