Punjab interim CM Mohsin Naqvi says flood unprecedented in 35 years; authorities monitoring situation

LAHORE/CHUNIAN/BAHAWALNAGAR: Thousands of people were moved to higher ground on Saturday after an unprecedented flood in River Sutlej was reported as India continues to release water.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said that the authorities concerned are monitoring the flood situation as 278,000 cusecs of water rushed near Ganda Singh Border, Kasur due to the water discharge from India.

Taking to the microblogging website X, formerly known as Twitter, Naqvi wrote: “This flood is unprecedented in 35 years, but our teams are on the ground, dedicated to securing and helping our people.”

He also appreciated the district administration, Rescue 1122, police, and irrigation teams for their efforts over the past three days, assuring that the situation will be handled.

Naqvi added that Section 144 has been imposed in the area to protect people. He also said that necessary resources should be used to strengthen the embankments.

According to the Punjab Irrigation Department, the water level at Ganda Singh in the River Sutlej has exceeded 278,000 cusecs while the inflow of water at Sulemanki Headworks is 80,143 cusecs.

There is a low-level flood at Sulemanki Headworks, however, the water level is rising dangerously at the Ganda Singh.

Evacuations continued from Lalika, Chavika, Wazirka, Kot Makhdoom, Bonga Ehsan, Kaku Bodla, Pir Sikandar, Kalia Shah, Jodhika and other nearby areas after the warning. Moreover, the district administration in Bahawalnagar has established 19 flood relief camps and 11 rescue points.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) issued a warning and said that India is likely to release more water until August 20.

The Irrigation Department added that the embankments of River Sutlej at Kangan Chowki after which the water entered the nearby villages and destroyed thousands of acres of crops.

Moreover, Bahawalpur’s District Commissioner Zaheer Anwar said that the rescue personnel have so far evacuated more than 10,000 people.

He also said that the flood will enter the limits of the city in the next 36 to 48 hours, adding that more than 200,000 cusecs of flood relief are expected.

DC Anwar stated that over 200,000 people live on the banks of the river while 38 villages of five tehsils of the district are under threat of flood.

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