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PDMA Raises Alarm on Risky Water Inflow from India in case of more monsoon rains

In a recent development, the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has raised concerns about a potential threat posed by increased water inflow from India, should the country experience further monsoon rains. The warning comes amidst fears of escalating water levels in various districts, prompting authorities to take precautionary measures.

The districts of Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Vehari, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran, Multan, and Bahawalpur have been identified as areas that could be impacted by the heightened water inflow. The PDMA has emphasized the need for immediate vigilance, with a focus on areas near the River Sutlej, which may necessitate evacuation procedures.

Nabeel Javed, Punjab’s Relief Commissioner, expressed concern about the situation surrounding Indian dams. He affirmed that local authorities are on high alert, prepared to respond to any potential emergencies. “The villages in the vicinity of River Sutlej might have to be evacuated and all the authorities concerned are on high alert,” Javed stated.

The PDMA reported a significant increase in water inflow at the Islam Headworks, reaching a rate of 151,000 cusecs. Meanwhile, Ganda Singh Wala experienced a high-level flood with water flow reaching 122,000 cusecs. Sulemanki witnessed a medium-level flood. To closely monitor these developments, the PDMA has established a control room dedicated to continuous observation of rivers, dams, barrages, and streams.

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued predictions indicating high flood levels at the Ganda Singh Wala and Islam Headworks along the River Sutlej. Sulemanki Headworks registered a medium flood level. However, the River Indus maintained a low flood level at Kalabagh, Chashma, and Guddu headworks.

As the situation unfolds, meteorological projections anticipate scattered wind thunderstorms and moderate rain in the upper catchments of major rivers over the next 24 hours. The potential for isolated heavy rainfall remains a concern.

In response to the potential crisis, Punjab’s Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited a relief camp at River Sutlej in Attari Village, Okara. He provided updates on the impact of the flooding, revealing that 107 villages in Sahiwal Division were severely affected. A considerable number of individuals and animals have been evacuated to safety, with ongoing relief efforts supported by rescue teams and the Pakistan Army.

Read more: PMD Warns of Strong Monsoon Activity in the Next 3 Days

Caretaker CM Naqvi expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts in dealing with the disaster. He acknowledged the Pakistan Army’s role in providing medical aid and support during these challenging times.

With the PDMA’s warning in place and authorities taking proactive steps, communities in the potentially affected districts are urged to stay vigilant and follow instructions from local authorities to ensure their safety during this critical period.

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