MUZAFFARGARH: In view of rising water in the River Indus at Taunsa Barrage, the irrigation authorities have closed the Muzaffargarh and TP Link canals, while according to district administration more than 20 villages threatened by floodwater and erosion have been evacuated so far.
According to irrigation officials, a medium flood of 426,000 cusec had been passing from Head Taunsa Barrage since Saturday evening.
Taunsa Executive Engineer Faisal Mushtaq said in view of the official warnings that water will rise further in the next three days, more than 20 villages situated downstream had been evacuated by the district administration.
He said three spurs had been swept away by the floodwater at RD 36,000 and RD 32,000, while irrigation department was taking steps to protect other dykes.
Deputy Commissioner Saif Anwar Jappa, who visited the areas facing flood threat said the district administration was also taking protective measures.
He said three to four days would be required to repair the breached spurs as irrigation officials had told the contractors to complete the work on breaches as early as possible.
The DC said following the warning issued by the Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), relief camps had been set up for the affected people and their cattle, while teams of health, livestock and Rescue 1122 departments were ready to meet any emergency situation.
He said the people living in the areas threatened by erosion had been asked to evacuate on urgent basis.
The DC said official teams were busy preparing lists of crops and property losses caused by erosion and floodwater which would be sent to high-ups for payment of compensation. He claimed no casualty had been reported in the flood-affected areas so far.
Syed Muzaffar Abbas Kazmi, a resident of Kot Addu rural area, said houses and crops in Bet Cheen Wala, Sohni, Lomri Wal and many other villages were also hit by the river water during the last three to four days.
Meanwhile, families were seen moving to safer places along with their household items livestock on tractor-trollies and ox-driven carts from the areas declared unsafe.