LAHORE/MULTAN: Raging floodwaters inundated dozens more villages in South Punjab as authorities continued relief and rescue operations, Samaa reported.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited relief camps in Multan, home to two million people, where authorities blew up two dykes to try to stop the water inundating the city.
The PM was briefed over flood situation in the area.
At least 17 people including a bridegroom and two children drowned Sunday when a rescue boat carrying a wedding party capsized in flood-hit Muzaffargarh district of central Punjab province.
Reports say that floodwater pressure is increasing in Chenab River.
Dumberwala embankment breached near Panjnad, inundating more villages. Breach in Lakhpal dyke also flooded several villages in Bahawalpur district.
Dyke of another canal, the Rasool Wah, also developed breaches, triggering mass exodus from the areas.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) teams deployed in flood affected areas have shifted 232,000 people to safer places.
NDMA teams constantly monitoring rescue and relief activities in Multan and Muzaffargarh districts.
NDMA Spokesperson, Ahmed Kamal, said there was 371000 cusec outflow of water on Panjnad and it would reach about 500000 cusecs.
Evacuation in Sindh
People living in kacha areas (riverbed) in Kahmore, Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Khairpur, Naushero Feroze, Shaheed Benazirabad and other districts alongside River Indus have been asked to shift to the safer places or in the relief camps.
A tide of 260 thousand cusecs of flood water was passing through Guddu Barrage on Monday morning and the water level was rising.
Floodwater from Panjnad is expected to reach Guddu Barrage in the next 24 hours.
The staff of irrigation and other relevant departments has been put on high alert to meet any the situation arising out of floods.
Army rescues over 41,000
More than 41,115 persons have been rescued by army troops during their ongoing rescue and relief operation in flood affected areas including Uch Sharif, Muzaffargarh and Multan.
The army troops have distributed 127.7 tons of ration among the flood victims people since September 5, a spokesman of ISPR said on Monday.
As many as 4,286 patients have so far been treated in 18 medical camps established by the Army in flood affected area.
More rain expected
According to Met report on Monday, Isolated thundershowers are expected over Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Lahore and DG Khan divisions along with Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.
River Chenab at Punjnad was in high flood whereas River Indus at Guddu, River Jhelum at Rasul, River Chenab at Trimmu and River Ravi at Sidhnai were in low flood level.
A seasonal low lies over north Balochistan, and a shallow trough of westerly wave over Kashmir continues to persist, the Met office said. – Samaa