48,000 people affected by Ravi river floods: Punjab CM

Interim Chief Minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi.- Twitter/File
Interim Chief Minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi.- Twitter/File

Punjab’s interim chief minister Mohsin Naqvi revealed on Wednesday that around 48,000 people in 40 villages have been affected by the overflowing Ravi river as India released excessive water earlier this week, flooding near border villages. Went.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that on May 9, India released about 185,000 cusecs of water from the Ujh barrage, increasing the flow in the Ravi river amid forecasts of heavy rains in the country.

Punjab Rangers and Rescue 1122 teams on Monday launched a cooperative rescue operation in Shakargarh tehsil of the province after India released excessive water.

During his three-hour-long tour of the flood-affected areas, the chief minister reviewed the water situation in the river and visited several submerged villages in Jhang.

The Chief Minister interacted with the local people and inquired about their problems. Taking quick action on their complaints, the Chief Minister directed the concerned officers to solve their problems.

He also ordered round-the-clock monitoring of water in rivers and speeding up relief operations.

Naqvi said, relief and medical camps have been set up in the flood affected areas for the convenience of the affected people. “There is still three to four feet of water in some villages,” he said.

CM Naqvi stressed on the need to evacuate people from the river bank to avoid human loss. He ordered to leave no stone unturned in providing better medical facilities to the people.

more than 200 were rescued

At least 223 residents of Shakargarh tehsil – mostly women and children – who were stranded amid the rising water level in the Ravi river, were rescued on Monday.

They were later brought to safer places as rescue teams of Punjab Rangers remained in the border area to deal with the unfolding situation.

Jalala, a border village of Shakargarh, also suffered crop damage as a result of flood water coming in from India. Local paddy farmers’ crops were submerged while they themselves were left stranded.

Pakistan’s eastern neighbor released at least 185,000 cusecs of water into the Ravi river on Sunday.

As a result, excessive water from India reached Kartarpur Jassar via Naina Kot and is expected to reach Lahore via Shahdara in the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, the Ravi river, Nala Ben and other tributaries are in flood.

According to officials, the administration is on alert in districts adjoining the Ravi and Chenab rivers, while relief camps have been set up in various districts in view of the floods.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), there is moderate flood at Marala as well as Shakargarh and Nala Ben in Chenab, low-level flood at Khanki and Kadirabad in Chenab, while water flow is normal in other rivers including Ravi. ,

The flow of water in all the rivers, barrages, dams and canals is being continuously monitored. Meanwhile, the control room is monitoring the entire situation in Punjab.

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