Breaches threaten Sindh town
/ HYDERABAD: As floodwaters released from breaches in Tori
embankment and Begari canal continued a relentless surge
towards Shahdadkot on Friday, the administration ordered the
evacuation of women, children and the elderly to safe areas.
Qambar-Shahdadkot DCO Ghulam Yaseen Shar told Dawn that a
cut had been made in Bhand on Garhi Khairo road to divert
the floodwater to the Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD-III).
Eight more breaches were made on Shahdadkot-Garhi Khairo
road, near Umaid Ali Junejo village, on Friday to divert the
water to Zero Point through SKT saline drain.
The DCO said that army personnel would start evacuation in
Shahdadkot on Saturday. He said the floodwater coming from
Garhi Khairo would hit the newly-built ring-embankment
around the town the same day.
The motorway between Shahdadkot and Qubo Saeed Khan has been
closed to traffic.
A large number of people could not leave Shahdadkot because
of a shortage of vehicles and high fares. Qubo Saeed Khan
has been evacuated.
Shafqat Wadho, Superintendent Engineer of Saifullah Magsi
branch, said the floodwaters coming from Khairthar spread
into three directions —Garhi Khairo (which will hit Sujawal
town), Shahdadkot and Saifullah Magsi. It will form a strong
current of three to six feet before reaching Shahdadkot.
A train carrying more than 2,000 marooned people left
Larkana for Karachi late on Thursday night. Over 29,606
displaced people have taken shelter in relief camps in
Larkana. The Larkana Hindu Panchayat has accommodated more
than 250 families in Dharamshala.
KOTRI UNDER TEST
A peak of the first flood wave passed through the Kotri
barrage on Friday. The flow upstream was recorded at 734,588
cusecs and downstream 710,313 cusecs.
An official at the Sukkur barrage said the peak flow had
crossed the Dadu-Mori bridge and was now passing through
Hala division. The peak headed for the Indus delta.
He said the flood wave passing from Matiari district to
Kotri upstream, near Hyderabad, was putting pressure on the
The irrigation authorities expressed the hope that the
barrage and embankments would withstand the ferocity of
In Matiari, a gauge of about 12 feet was submerged at
Bhanote bund. People continued to move to safe areas. Two
people were killed in flood-related incidents in Matiari..
Courtesy: The DAWN