Water level rising at Guddu Barrage

SUKKUR:  The water level is rising in Guddu Barrage with 2,3000 cusecs discharge.

According to officials of the Flood Forecasting Division, the water level at  Sukkur Barrage was recorded at 85 thousands and 500 cusecs on Thursday.

According to Flood Forecasting Division, a peak flood wave is expected to pass through Guddu Barrage on September 15 to 16.

Irrigation officials believe that the volume of water expected to enter Sindh will pass without much harm, only inundating the “katcha”areas.

In Kahsmore, Kandhkot and Ghotki, the district administrations have been put on high alert in view of expected flood situation in river Indus.

The district administrations have already received the directives from the Sindh CM to evacuate the “katcha” (riverbed) communities, cautioning them to establish the relief camps at some distance from the embankments, thereby allowing the irrigation officials to work without any hindrance.

However, the District Adminstrations of the Sukkur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore- Kandhkot and Ghotki districts have directed the authorities concerned to start evacuation of the people on emergency basis from the Katcha area of Guddu and Sukkur Barrages to safer places.

According to Commissioner Sukkur, Muhammad Abbas Baloch, the government has made full preparations with the support of Army, Navy, Air Force to face the challenges of coming flood in the regions.

Chief Engineer, Sukkur Barrage Ahmed Junaid Memon said that more than 150,000 “katcha” residents from Khairpur, Kingri, Gambat and Sobho Dero talukas would be affected by the flood.

He said that the law and order situation prevented the irrigation officials from patrolling the embankments freely and request has been made for the establishment of police pickets for their protection.

Source: APP