Flash floods triggered by cloudburst have inundated several parts of Pakistan ranging from the Chitral valley in the country’s north to parts of southern Punjab and the mountainous areas of Balochistan.
The Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps (FC) are carrying out rescue and relief operation in flood-hit areas of Chitral to mitigate sufferings of the affected people.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority was also ordered to help the affectees with the help of Pakistan Army.
According to Flood Warning Division Lahore, River Indus is in medium flood at Chashma and Kalabagh and in low flood at Terbella and Taunsa and Chenab is in low flood at Balloki and Marala and below low flood at Khanki, Qadiriabad and Tarimon barrages. High level flood recorded in Indus River at the location of Chachra in Rahim Yar Khan, officials say on Monday.
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The situation may worsen as the Met Office on Monday warned that there would be a risk of flash flooding in the local streams and nullahs of Punjab, upper KP, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir during the next three days due to unstable weather conditions and significant monsoon rains.
Abdul Aziz Soomro, the in-charge of the control room at Sukkur Barrage, said that a medium-level flood was passing through Guddu Barrage while a low-level flood was passing through Sukkur Barrage. Commandant Chitral Scouts Colonel Naeem Iqbal said Monday.
The Executive Engineer Hill Torrents has warned that the areas of Fazilpur and Katchi canal will also be affected with the flood water. The CM directed them to also propose measures for permanent and durable rehabilitation of the affected facilities.
PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already released relief funds to provide support to the affected people and food/non-food items on immediate basis. Scattered rain/ thundershowers are predicted in Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, divisions along with Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He directed that estimates of the losses inflicted to the properties of the affected population also be ascertained so that compensation thereof could be considered properly.
The meteorological department has advised the people living in low lying areas along the streams and Nullahs to remain careful. People have been asked to contact PDMA on telephone Nos.091-9213959, 9213845 and 9223662.