LAHORE : As India continues to release water, more than 10,000 people residing near the River Sutlej have been evacuated to higher ground after an unprecedented flood in 35 years was reported.
Mohsin Naqvi, caretaker chief minister of Punjab, stated that the relevant authorities monitoring the flood situation as 278,000 cusecs of water surged near the Ganda Singh Border in Kasur as a result of India’s water discharge.
Naqvi wrote on the microblogging platform X, formerly known as Twitter. “This flood is unprecedented in the last 35 years. Our teams on the ground, committed to protecting and assisting our people.”
In addition, he expressed gratitude to the district administration, Rescue 1122. Police, and irrigation teams for their efforts over the past three days, assuring that the situation will be resolved.
Naqvi added that Section 144 implemented in the area for the protection of the populace. He also suggested that the essential resources used to reinforce the embankments.
The water level at Ganda Singh on the River Sutlej has surpassed 278 thousand cubic seconds. While the inflow at Sulemanki Headworks is 80,143 cubic seconds.
Sulemanki Headworks is experiencing a moderate flood, whereas the Ganda Singh is experiencing a perilous rise in water levels.
After the warning, evacuations continued in Lalika, Chavika, Wazirka, Kot Makhdoom, Bonga Ehsan, Kaku Bodla, Pir Sikandar, Kalia Shah, and Jodhika, as well as other adjacent areas. In addition, the Bahawalnagar district administration has established 19 flood relief shelters and 11 rescue points.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) issued a warning and stated that India may discharge additional water until August 20.
The Irrigation Department added that the riverbanks of the Sutlej at Kangan Chowki inadequately maintained.
In addition, the district commissioner of Bahawalpur stated that the city will flooded within 36 to 48 hours. He stated that over 200 thousand cusecs of flood relief anticipated.
The DC stated that over two hundred thousand people reside on the river’s banks and that 38 villages in five tehsils of the district are at risk of flooding.