Posted by: kookkhu | August 6, 2010

Sindh braces for deadliest floods in 80 years.

By: Ramzan Chandio And Abdul Ghaffar Mahar | Published: August 06, 2010
KARACHI/KHAIRPUR – Authorities began evacuating half a million people living along the swollen Indus River in Sindh on Thursday as country’s biggest floods in 80 years threaten to inflict widespread suffering.
Raging waters have spread from the northwest to the Punjab agricultural heartland and then down to Sindh, as people watched villages collapse, thousands of deaths. Officials in Sindh are scrambling to prevent heavy loss of life and more destruction to the mainstay agriculture industry.
After wreaking havoc in South Punjab, the floodwater in Indus River crossed 0.8 million cusecs at Guddu Barrage on Thursday, leaving more villages inundated in upper Sindh.
According to Sindh Irrigation Department, the water level in Indus at Guddu Barrage was recorded at 0.820 million cusecs, which is surging and it is expected that Sindh will see ‘super flood’ of over 0.9 million to 1 million cusecs water within next two days.
Water level in Indus at Sukkur Barrage was also increasing as upstream level has been gauged at 0.341 million cusecs and downstream discharge was 0.318 million cusecs on Thursday evening, Irrigation Department officials told TheNation, adding the water level will likely to rise to 0.5 million to 0.6 million cusecs till night.
Meanwhile, the havoc of floodwater became visible as more villagers inundated in Kashmore, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur and Dadu districts.
When TheNation contacted DG Operations, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khair Muhammad Kalwar said that water level is increasing in Indus at Guddu and Sukkur barrages. He confirmed that 30 per cent residents of Katcha areas in Kashmore are still living in their homes as they are not ready to leave villages. He pointed out that government will forcibly evacuate them.
All the 108 villages of Sukkur in Katcha areas also came under floodwater, besides out of 217 villages of Katcha area, 29 villages inundated. The PDMA DG said that four helicopter of Pak Air force have been sent to Sukkur to keep them ready for any eventuality and lift the people from floodwater.
However, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah along with Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo and other officials visited the Guddu Barrage and got briefing about the floodwater situation in Indus River. During his visit, he said that about 1.5 million people are likely be affected by floodwater.
At least 25 police stations as well as over 200 villages of katcha area in four districts inundated after rising water level in Indus River. Water level at Guddu Barrage was now 848,000 cusecs, as rains continued in Guddu, Kashmore, Ghotki, Sukkur, Khairpur Shikarpur and adjoining areas. Source


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