Water torrent reaches Guddu barrage after devastating Punjab

RAHIMYAR KHAN/MUZAFFARGARH, Sept 17 (NNI): Dozens of settlements have been submerged, while crops and livestock got swept away in flood as the water torrent from River Chenab made its way through to Guddu barrage in Sindh on Wednesday.

The water level decreased in Punjnad Headworks whereas it rose above 300,000 cusec at Guddu barrage. The nearby crops stretched over a huge area therefore got washed away.

The amount of water reaching at Sukkur barrage and Gothki barrage has risen up to 178,000 cusec and 50,843 cusec, respectively.

The water torrent has sunk many of the villages and disrupted land communication completely that has left many people stranded. Khangarh and Shujaabad area of Alipur have also drowned in flood water. Sultan city on the other hand got hit by flood due to river erosion.

Dozens of settlements in Thatta Sial, Moradabad and Bhattapur including Muzaffargarh have been submerged in flood water whereas the rupture of Shoria Canal dyke at Shekhani in Dera Ghazi Khan caused the flood water to engulf a vast area.

Meanwhile, the Army troops Wednesday rescued 2,700 stranded people in flood affected area of Alipur near Muzaffargarh. Thirty boats and two helicopters were employed for evacuation.

A medical camp has been established there and 700 kilogram of ration was also distributed.

In Punjab, 21 ton ration and food was carried by means of 13 flights of the helicopter of provincial chief minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for the flood affectes.

For this purpose, the helicopter flew continuously for seven hours and carried the food items for the flood affectes in the areas including Head Muhammad Wala, Sher Shah and Shujaabad.

To assist flood affected people, donation camps have also been established by Pakistan Army at Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan and Karachi. At Rawalpindi relief donation points have been established at following locations.

Donations can also be deposited in Army Relief Fund for flood affectees in Askari Bank Limited GHQ Branch Account no- 0280100620583. For international donations IBAN Number PK53ASCM0000280100620583 swift code ASCMPKKA.


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