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Flash floods in Rajanpur wash away villages, destroy crops

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 16, 2019 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Posted: Apr 16, 2019 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Flash floods in Rajanpur wash away villages, destroy crops

Ready-to-harvest wheat crop was inundated in Rajanpur as hill torrents of Sulaiman Moutain Range were hit by flash floods after heavy rain. Dozens of villages were also inundated.

Rescue teams reached the flood-hit areas. People are being evacuated through ferries. The local administration briefed the media about the development.

A torrent of 71,000-cusecs of floodwater is raging through the Sultan Mountain. The flood has also submerged the link roads leading to the affected areas.

The high flood deluged several localities, including Harand, Lundi Saidan, Lal Garh, Jhok Makul, Meranpur, Chatol, Hajipur, Basti Khulsra, Basti Pitafi, Basti Sevra, Basti Babra, Basti Araien, Basti Chaang, and Basti Sohran.

The link road between Hajipur and Rajanpur has been washed away by the flash flood.

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Residents complained they hadn’t been informed nor was a flood warning issued. “The local administration didn’t issue any flood advisory,” an affected man told SAMAA TV. “Our wheat crop spanning over hundreds of acres was wasted.”

The administration didn’t come to our rescue nor was any relief offered to us, he said.

Another affected resident said the flooding has left the roads and their houses submerged. Most of our livestock are left inside our houses, he said, adding that they have nothing to feed their children and animals.

A farmer said most of their women, children and livestock are left stranded in houses. Our children are hungry, he said. “I believe crops over at least 10,000 acres of land were devastated in the flooding,” he said.

The biggest hill torrent, Darra, is flooded with 21,000 cusecs of water and it is a low level flooding, Rajanpur Deputy Commissioner Altaf Baloch told SAMAA TV. The water, flowing on its natural route, will drain away from the Bukhari drain.

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We have completed our preparations and members of our team from the irrigation department are inspecting weak embankments and vulnerable points, he said, adding that only some acres of wheat crop was washed out.

The deputy commissioner said high flooding is not expected.

A couple of days ago, the government declared an emergency in view of potential high floods in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan in the wake of the unusual continued rains. A flood alert also was issued for the two districts.

The disaster management department had issued warnings regarding high floods in the Sulaiman Range.

The two districts are located between the Indus River to their east and the Sulaiman Range to their west.

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