CM Buzdar reviews Sutlej floods situation

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ISLAMABAD/ LAHORE

India has practically terminated the Indus Water Treaty as in its latest act of aggression against Pakistan, the Modi-led Hindu nationalist government opened three out of five spillways of the Ladakh Dam and outlets of Alchi Dam without preschedule.  Consequently, about 200,000 cusecs water has been released into the River Sutlej without any intimation, which has caused flood-like situation in Pakistani river system.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Spokesperson Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed said that a flood relay coming from Indian Punjab in the Sutlej River could enter Pakistan at any time this afternoon. He said at present, the water level at Ganda Singh Wala village in Kasur District was around 16 to 17 feet and 24,000 cusecs of water was entering at Ganda Singh Wala till last reports came in. According to NDMA, 150,000 to 200,000 cusecs water from Indian Punjab will be spilled into Ganda Singh Wala – a border village near Kasur, during next 12 to 24 hours.Kasur district administration has been alarmed about the situation and has been ordered to take necessary measures in this regard. The spokesperson said all federal and provincial bodies, including forces, were ready to cope with any untoward situation.

The administrations of Kasur and other districts located at the bank of the Sutlej and Chenab have been advised to take necessary measures to tackle any emergency situation. Meanwhile, Punjab Minister for Population Welfare Muhammad Hashim Dogar along with Commissioner Lahore Division Muhammad Asif Bilal Lodhi visited the areas in Kasur district, which can be affected by the flood water. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) issued flood alerts after India released water into River Sutlej and Alchi dam.

A red alert has been issued to the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority and the administration of all the districts along the Indus River as the released water will enter into the Indus River at Kharmung area.

According to a notification issued on Monday, the water would take 12 hours to reach Tarbela dam and around 15-18 hours to reach Dera Ismail Khan.

 

The authorities at Tarbela have been instructed by NDMA to regulate the inflow and water discharge to overcome flooding situation.

Moreover, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday chaired a high-level emergency meeting after India released at least two lakh cusecs water from its barrages and dams into the River Sutlej without prior information. The session made an in-depth analysis of the situation and deliberated on precautionary measures which are needed be taken after the flooding alert by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Usman Buzdar directed the authorities to ensure safe evacuation of people from the endangered area and provision of all necessary items including food and medicines at the relief camps.

 

He instructed the provincial ministers, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General (DG) and irrigation secretary to remain present in the respective areas to monitor the situation, and maintained that he can personally visit any district.

The chief minister advised the officials to remain in touch with the federal bodies to deal with the emergency and advised to keep a close eye on the flow of water. Food and vaccinations for the animals should also be provided, he said. Sardar Usman Buzdar was told in the briefing that 81 relief camps have been built in Kasur and other districts.

It is worth mentioning here that CM Usman Buzdar worked late into night and monitored the rescue work beforehand himself. He issued important directives to the administration and other relevant staff. Let it be known that the NDMA had reported that 150,000 to 200,000 cusecs water from Indian Punjab will enter Ganda Singh Wala, a border village near Kasur, during next 12 to 24 hours.                                                =====================

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