Possibility of very high level of flooding at Head Suleimanki, warns PDMA

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More villages on the banks of the Sutlej River were inundated due to high level of flooding at Head Suleimanki near Pakpattan.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), several districts of Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Vehari, Bahawalnagar, Multan, Lodhran and Bahawalpur are likely to be inundated due to the increase in water level.

A PDMA spokesman said that 122,000 cusecs of water was flowing through Ganda Singh Wala near Kasur and high-level flooding was being seen at Headwork Suleimanki where the flow reached 171,000 cusecs.

There is a possibility of very high level of flooding at Head Suleimanki, which will severely damage the areas inhabited by the river.

The water flow at Head Islam near Vehari was recorded at 54,377 cusecs as usual, but the water level continued to rise.

The Sutlej River has been flooded for the worst time in three decades, while India has released water after heavy rains in the northern states. The flow of water in other rivers of Punjab remained normal.

Administration alert:

With the strong flow of water in the Sutlej River, it is likely to pass through the river areas of Vehari and Lodhran during the next two days.

According to the Vehari district administration, the evacuation of population from the riverine areas in both the districts is going on rapidly.

In Vehari, nearly 80 percent of the people have been shifted to safer places, while evacuation work is underway in Lodhran district.

The PDMA has predicted that a high-level flood is expected in the Jhelum River at Mangla between August 23 and 25, with excess water being released towards Rasool Barrage near Mandi Bahauddin, which could pose a threat to the surrounding low-lying areas.

The PDMA has also issued a flood warning for Jhang, Khanewal, Multan and Muzaffargarh. All deputy commissioners have been alerted to remove encroachments from the banks of river Jhelum to minimize damage during flood situation and ensure safety of people.

A PDMA spokesman said that with the help of the Pakistan Army and the district administration, the affected people and cattle are being shifted to safer places.

The Bahawalpur divisional administration has also issued a flood alert in Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar districts due to the rapid flow of water in the Sutlej River.

The divisional administration has also set up a control room in Bahawalpur to monitor the flood situation.

Punjab CM visits affected areas:

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi conducted an aerial survey of Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Arif Wala and other affected areas on the banks of Sutlej River.

He directed that rescue and relief operations should be further intensified and all possible steps should be taken to protect the lives.

He stressed on the need to strengthen protective embankments by effectively utilizing all available resources to ensure the safety of nearby populations.