Heavy Rains Continue To Wreak Havoc

Heavy Rains Continue To Wreak Havoc
Interim Minister for Information and Culture Aamir Mir has issued a warning that more monsoon rains in India might result in flooding in Pakistan.

Since many days ago, Pakistan has been dealing with flooding as heavy rains have lashed northern India. Additionally, the adjacent country has begun releasing water into Pakistan.

While addressing a news conference at the Director General Public Relations (DGPR) office, he said the water level in the dam erected on the River Ravi in India has climbed by 90%, while the water level in the Bakhra Dam on the River Sutlej has increased by 70%.

According to the minister, responsibilities have been assigned to monitoring the situation, and an alert would be issued if a flood scenario arises in the province.

Meanwhile, Interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has ordered all commissioners to make security arrangements on an emergency basis, adding that a failure to evacuate the people will not be tolerated.

Several villages were submerged, and standing crops over hundreds of acres of land were destroyed when the river burst its banks near Sharaqpur Sharif, a town in Sheikhupura District, on Sunday.

Security forces continued relief activities in flood-hit parts of Swat, Dir, and Chitral after the communication system was affected in the nearby areas after the water level rose in the Panjkora River.

Moreover, an under-construction bridge was partially damaged in Shamsi Khan due to land sliding. In other landslide incidents, Kalakot, Sheringal, and Kumrat roads were also damaged. A bridge washed away in floods after heavy rainfall in Chitral’s Buni area.

On Sunday, At least four people were killed and several others were injured in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as a result of heavy rains, a report issued by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) stated.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed the authorities concerned to make the necessary arrangements for the relocation of people in flood-risk areas.

According to sources, the flood in the River Ravi has deluged several villages, including Hakiman Da Warah, Matam, Dhana, and Sultanpura. The floodwater has also entered houses in these villages, as rescue teams are busy evacuating the people trapped in the water.