SUKKUR: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah Wednesday said that all embankments of River Indus are intact and the required precautionary measures have been taken to avoid any untoward situation.
The Chief Minister visited the Sukkur and Guddu Barrages as well as Ulra Jagir, Taluka Kingri district Khairpur, Qadir Pur Loop Bund Ghotki, Akil-Aghani Loop Bund, Nusrat Loop Bund, Shahani Bund and other protective embankments of River Indus.
Talking to mediamen during his visit to Qadirpur Loop Bund, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said all embankments of River Indus are intact and the required precautionary measures have been taken to avoid any untoward situation.
He said the Government is determined to protect all the big cities and small towns from the danger of floods.
He said in this regard all resources are being utilized to face the flood threat.
He said that the provincial government had invested a huge amount to protect the river embankments after flood in 2010 and has also strengthened the civil and local government administration to cope with such a situation with success.
During briefing to the CM, Chief Engineer Guddu Barrage, Engineer Javed Memon expressed the view that if the water flow of around 600,000 cusecs passes through the province, it would be lesser than the designed capacity of the barrages. “But our preparations are according to the Super Flood,” he said adding that the floodwater could be beneficial especially for the “Katcha” area. “The flow would be beneficial for the economy of the province. Bumper crops are expected because of the floodwater,” Chief Engineer added.
He said there are forty-five vulnerable points that are sensitive in Sindh adding that 1,140,000 cusecs water passed through Jhelum and Chenab but before entering Sindh at least 150,000 cusecs water will be left behind after the embankments were demolished in Punjab while 350,000 cusecs water will be lost between Kot Mithan to Guddu.
The CM Sindh directed the Commissioner Sukkur Muhammad Abbas Baloch,Chief Engineer Guddu Barrage, and Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and concerned department to remain on high alert.
On the occasion, the CM said that no negligence would be tolerated in case of floods in the province.
He instructed all the Sindh ministers to visit ravines and dams in their localities to keep vigil on the flood situation.
He has ordered to cancel leaves of PDMA staff and Deputy Commissioners (DCs) for taking preventive measures about the expected flood situation.