As Punjab’s rivers continue to rise, more than 74,000 people
As high-level flooding on the Sutlej river persisted on Wednesday at Sulemanki Headworks, more than 74,000 people were evacuated from flood-affected districts around Punjab between July 9 and August 22.
Farooq Ahmad, a spokesman for the Punjab emergency services, verified the number and said that, overall, from July 9 to August 22, 36 people were hurt and 16 people died as a result of the flooding. During that time, 1,489 rescuers and 408 boats have participated in rescue operations.
Imran Qureshi, Director General (DG) of the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), was quoted by Radio Pakistan as saying that approximately 3,000 persons and animals had been relocated to safer locations.
The official added that over 700 rescue workers were on the job completing their tasks, and 58 medical camps were operational as rescue and relief efforts went on round-the-clock in the province’s flood-affected areas.
The Sulemanki Headworks saw a high-level flood, with a water flow of 155,330 cusecs, according to a statement released earlier today by the PDMA.
It further stated that the flow of water at the Ganda Singh Wala Barrage decreased from a high-level flood to a medium-level flood at 118,652 cusecs.
The PDMA issued a warning that there was a low-level flood at the Islam Headworks and that the water level there was rising quickly with a flow of 73,559 cusecs.
The PMD’s Lahore Flood Forecasting Division published the map below, which depicts the water flow at each of the three locations today at 12 o’clock.
The authorities warned the local government as well and predicted a high-level flood at Islam Headworks within the following 24 hours.
The PDMA issued a warning that a high-level flood was possible at Mangla in the Jhelum River in the upcoming three days, although claiming that the flood levels at other rivers in Punjab were “normal.”
The same was mentioned in a forecast issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), which warned of “sharp peaks of medium to high-level floods” from August 24 to 25 at Mangla.
The statement said, “Flows in the Sutlej river may rise again subject to [water] releases from India.”
A “scattered to widespread wind-thunderstorm/rain of moderate intensity with isolated heavy falls” was also predicted for the upper catchments of all significant rivers.
The local authorities were instructed to guarantee adequate manpower around-the-clock in a flood warning notice issued earlier today by the Punjab PDMA. Additionally, it mandated that communities along the Sutlej River be removed and that breaching locations be ready for use.
Rescue 1122 was additionally instructed by the PDMA to maintain “high alert” status and have access to enough emergency response people and resources during the anticipated time frame.
The PDMA DG also stated that 769 officials had been stationed in several flood-affected districts during the course of the previous 24 hours, including Bahawalnagar, Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Vihari, Multan, and Lodhran.
Qureshi continued, saying that over 2,000 individuals have received medical care, 44 relief camps have been established, and a total of 113 villages have been affected by flooding during the previous 24 hours.
He said that 2,616 persons trapped in floodwaters were rescued on an emergency basis in addition to 1,200 people receiving emergency transportation.
While more than 85,000 acres of land have been impacted by the floods, the PDMA DG noted that cooked food was supplied to about 1500 people.
Qureshi also went to Okara’s flood-affected areas, where he evaluated the current relief efforts and spoke with the local administrative staff.
Separately, Punjab Relief Commissioner Nabeel Javed issued an alertness order to the local authorities and announced that relief operations would continue until the residents had been evacuated and rehabilitated.
claimed that monsoon rains had prompted Indian officials to release extra reservoir water into the Sutlej river, resulting in flooding on the Pakistani side of the border downstream.
Northern regions of the country will see a monsoon starting today: PMD
A new monsoon wave is expected to hit the higher regions of the country between today and August 27. This is according to a PMD warning.
The top portions of the country are expected to experience monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea starting last night, and a westerly wave is also anticipated to hit these areas today, according to the Met Department.
Numerous areas of Kashmir, including Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, and Mirpur, are predicted to experience rain and wind-thunderstorms as a result of these systems.
The warning has also been issued for different parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi and Nowshera from August 23 to 27 with occasional gaps.
The warning added that from August 23 to 25, it is anticipated that moderate to heavy precipitation will increase water flows in local nullahs/streams in Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Abbottabad, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi, Galliyat, Murree, and Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
Additionally, during the rainy season, moderate to heavy rains could result in urban flooding in the low-lying areas of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Peshawar, and Lahore. They could also cause landslides in the vulnerable regions of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The managers of the dam have been asked to regulate reservoir levels appropriately. During the spell, the current hot and humid weather are anticipated to break. The weather forecast should be taken into consideration as farmers plan their activity.
Similarly, it was advised that travelers and tourists exercise particular caution throughout the spell to stay safe. The public has been advised to stay in safe areas during wind-storms, lightning, and heavy rains since loose constructions such as solar panels, electric poles, etc. could be damaged.