Flood in Pakistan – 2013

 

Heavy Rains & flood plays havoc with life & property of people in Punjab 20th Aug. 2013

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With uninterrupted rain pouring down throughout province of Punjab, has affected the people very badly. And with the release of 117,000, cusec of water in river Sutlej by India has deteriorated the already bad conditions in to worse. Resulting:

•    300 villages in Jhang district were inundated.
•    116 villages around Multan were inundated.
•    50 villages of Chiniot district got isolated due to cut off of road links with other cities.
•    More than 50 villages around Shikarpur were inundated, where as 4 union councils of Rajanpur were totally inundated.
•    Flood streams in Nallah Daik after causing destructions in Narowal,Pasrur & Gujranwala has entered Kamoki, resulting inundation of more than 100 villages where as all muddy houses got collapsed completely.

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Sutiala bridge broke away due to heavy flood. And road link of narowal with mureedkay was cut off. Flood water from Ilahikot has entered in 500 houses of Kamoki.

The water discharge in river Ravi reached to 73,000 cusec, resulting loss to standing crops. Where as many villages of Sharqpur were inundated.

On the other hand heavy downpour in Khuta & surrounding areas has caused great destruction. Numerous muddy houses turned into debris.  At Azad pathan point Khuta Defense road was closed due to Sliding. In Islamabad due to persistent rain kachi abadies adjacent to sector G-10, G-7 & F-7 are virtually submerged in water. The recent heavy & persistent rain has increased the level of water in Rawal dam.

Volunteers of Usman Trust have started Rescue & Relief work in all the flood affected places of Punjab. Apart from providing rashan (dry food), tents & clothes to the affected families, cash is also being distributed for repair & reconstruction of damaged houses. On the other hand medical relief camps are being setup to treat the sick & wounded.

To facilitate the relief work we need:

•    Funds
•    Tents
•    Blankets & Clothes
•    Medicine
•    Rashan
•    Fully Equipped Ambulances
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Flooding in Punjab: Floods swamp nearly 200 villages in Chiniot, Sialkot

SIALKOT / MULTAN:

Nearly 200 villages in Chiniot and Sialkot districts were submerged as close to 600,000 cusecs of water flowed into the River Chenab during the last 24 hours. While the water level in central Punjab and the River Chenab starts to recede and collects in the River Indus, the low-lying areas of southern Punjab were put on red alert: the army has been called in.

Ninety villages were swamped in Sialkot. They were literally cut off from the city as the area was inundated due to a breach near the Bajwat bridge and the doubling of the water level in Aek Nala.

South Punjab is vulnerable because of the impending overflow of most of the province’s rivers, namely Ravi, Sutlej, Chenab and Indus. Perhaps the most devastating flood spells may come through River Indus, which could hit either on Sunday and Monday.

There are two causes of the flood in the region. The first reason is the rising level of water in rivers that inundates surrounding areas and swamps the temporary and permanent settlements in and around the dykes. The second cause of the flood is a breach in the bunds – usually old and damaged ones – that allows a torrent of water into the villages earlier protected. Villagers in the city flood-relief camp, sector two, at the Government Girls High School, Layyah, protested against the Punjab government for not repairing the Layyah bund in time, despite reminders.

 Flood in Ravi, Sutlej: 17 villages near Mian Channu inundated

 A flood in River Chenab can inundate 82 villages and that in River Ravi as many as 38 villages," Focal person for flood relief Asif Ali Furrukh.

A flood in River Chenab can inundate 82 villages and that in River Ravi as many as 38 villages,” Focal person for flood relief Asif Ali Furrukh.

VEHARI/KASUR:

Flood warnings have been issued in several villages in Vehari and Mian Channu districts.

Discharge at Head Islam in River Sutlej near Vehari is expected to rise to 71,000 cusec by Thursday evening. Several villages and fields in the areas along the river are expected to be inundated. Water level is likely to rise further in the coming days.

The flood in River Ravi has so far deluged 17 villages including Dalwan, Chishtian, Hashim Chakreeb, Jungle Seet and Bhopri in Mian Channu. Some of the villagers have alleged that not opening the gates of Head Sidhnai could have saved them by causing water level in the river to fall but this was not done.

In Kasur, crops over hundreds of acres of land have been damaged and several villages inundated due to flood in River Sutlej. The flood has so far affected Ganda Singhwala, Bhikki Wind, Gitti Kalunger, Nagar Aimen, Mahiwala, Talwar Post, Basti Bangladesh and Bilalwala. The district administration says it’s shifting the affected residents to to relief camps on higher ground.
India releases water into River Sutlej, worsens flood in nearby villages

Flooding along the river Sutlej. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Flooding along the river Sutlej. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: Over one hundred thousand cusecs of water will pass through Head Ganda Singh within 18 hours — a record amount since the last 25 years, reported Express News.

India released water into River Sutlej for the second time despite flooding in nearby villages. As a result, villages located by the river bank will most likely be destroyed completely while more than 50 villages near the river will suffer damage.

The flood in River Ravi has so far deluged 17 villages including Dalwan, Chishtian, Hashim Chakreeb, Jungle Seet and Bhopri in Mian Channu. Some of the villagers have alleged that not opening the gates of Head Sidhnai could have saved them by causing water level in the river to fall but this was not done.

In Kasur, crops over hundreds of acres of land have been damaged and several villages inundated due to flood in River Sutlej. The flood has so far affected Ganda Singhwala, Bhikki Wind, Gitti Kalunger, Nagar Aimen, Mahiwala, Talwar Post, Basti Bangladesh and Bilalwala.
500 villages in Multan, Jhang inundated

Pakistani flood-affected residents wade through flood waters at Kala Shah Kako on August 18, 2013. — Photo by AFP

Pakistani flood-affected residents wade through flood waters at Kala Shah Kako on August 18, 2013. — Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Over five hundred villages were inundated in Multan, Jhang and Kamoke on Sunday as floods started threatening more regions in Punjab.

According to the flood forecasting centre, India has released another 114,000 cusecs of water into the Sutlej and the peak is expected to reach Ganda Singhwala on Monday. It is likely to cause medium flood.

Flood in the Indus, Chenab, Ravi and tributaries of the latter two continued to affect life, property and crops over a vast area in Sialkot Division.

Raging waters of the Indus in Sindh’s riverine areas have forced people to shift to safe places after leaving their crops and homes at the mercy of the river.

The floodwater from Nullah Dek entered Kamoke after playing havoc in Narowal, Pasrur and Gujranwala, inundating 100 villages.

The water level in the Chenab at Jhang was rising, affecting 300 villages and damaging crops and structures.

According to an official of the Meteorological Department, any further strong monsoon system can generate massive river and urban flooding because almost all dams in Pakistan and India have filled to their capacity.

The official told Dawn that the land in Punjab was saturated because of the current six-day rain spell. “This means more rainwater would flow over the soil causing urban flooding. Let’s pray there is no stronger monsoon system,” he said.

On Saturday, the water level in Tarbela was 1,549feet, against its maximum conservation level of 1,550ft, and that in Mangla was 1,224.65feet, against its maximum level of 1,242 feet.

The authorities opened the spillways of the Rawal Dam to release its water and create room for absorbing more inflows.

The level in the Ravi at Jassar, the entry point to Pakistan, was 48,000 cusecs and expected to rise to 70,000 cusecs low flood because of Sunday’s rain.

The river was in medium flood of 75,000 cusecs at Shahdara and expected to fall to 60,000 cusecs in 24 hours.

Seven-year-old Salman and his brother Salim, five, were killed when the roof of their house collapsed near Bedian Road. Their sister’s wedding was being held on Sunday.

Shahid, 25, of Shalimar, died when the wall of his under-construction house fell on him. His brother, Safdar, was critically injured.

A railway employee, Ghulam Murtaza, was electrocuted in Misri Shah when he touched a pylon.

 Warnings for Sindh: spectre of floods raised

As the Sindh province is braced for the fury of more than 0.6 million cusecs of water tomorrow (Tuesday), super floods in rivers Indus, Chenab and Sutlej are wreaking the south western districts of Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffar-garh, Multan, D G Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan. The Flood Forecasting Division said here on Sunday that 4,68,000 cusecs water is flowing in the mighty Indus at Taunsa barrage, 4,17,000 cusecs at Guddu, 3,62,000 cusecs at Sukkur barrage and 185,200 cusecs at the Kotri barrage, about 100kms upstream the Arabian Sea. Out of this flow, 153,000 cusecs of water is being released in the Indus Delta.

FFD has issued a warning that River Indus at Guddu is likely to attain high flood level ranging between 600,000 and 650,000 cusecs between 20th August 2013 to 21st August 2013. The River Indus at Sukkur is also likely to attain a high flood level ranging between 600,000 and 650,000 cusecs during 21st August -2013 to 22nd August 2013.

The peak of the flood in the River Chenab and its tributaries is now passing through the Trimmu headworks in district Jhang after causing a considerable damage to crops and property and inundating more than 700 villages in central Punjab districts of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, and Hafizabad. Punjab irrigation engineers are releasing 79,000 cusecs of water in the Indus River downstream the Punjnad barrage on the Punjab-Sindh border.

Most of the katcha areas between Guddu and Sukkur barrages have also been submerged and residents of Kashmore, Ghotki, Sukkur and Khairpur have been moved to the safer places via boats.

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