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Sindh floods: Villages destroyed, roads blocked, more floods imminent

Flood warning issued for Sukkur, Guddu barrages

SAMAA | and - Posted: Sep 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
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Posted: Sep 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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Over 200 villages in Khairpur and Dadu lost contact with the rest of Sindh after the Indus River witnessed a high-level flood last week.

The floods swept away houses, destroyed fields and damaged residents’ valuables. Multiple people got stranded in Kunri, Gambat and Sobhadero after the floods wreaked havoc there. According to residents, they haven’t received help from the government or anyone else yet.

Flood water blocked roads in Dadu and Kachho. The road from Johi to the Gorakh Hills has been closed down as well. This had led to a food shortage in flood affected areas as essentials can’t be transported there.

Residents complained that due to a shortage in supply, the prices of essentials food items in the districts have sky-rocketed. “There is no food or any health facility being provided here,” a man said, adding that the flood water has exposed them to a number of water-borne diseases as well.

Flood warning for Sukkur, Guddu barrages

A high-level flood has entered the Indus River at the Guddu Barrage. The incoming water is at 550,000 cusecs while the outflow of the water is 478,000 cusecs.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said in a briefing during a visit to Sukkur on Monday that high water levels have been recorded in the Guddu Barrage while the Sukkur Barrage is experiencing a medium-level flood.

A flood warning has been issued in all areas that are likely to be affected by the floods and flood relief centres have been set up. Patrolling has also been increased, the chief minister said.

Multiple areas of Ghotki lost contact with the rest of Sindh after water levels increased. Residents are being relocated to safer places. According to Deputy Commissioner Khalid Saleem, a special team has been formed to monitor the flooding 24 hours a day.

The Flood Forecasting Division has issued a warning for high-level floods in the Indus River at the Sukkur and Guddu barrages from Monday to Thursday.

According to the Meteorological Department, the flooding was caused because of the monsoon rains across the country. Sindh witnessed record-breaking rain this year.

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