More rains forecast for Lahore, Pindi

Torrential and flash floods continued to play havoc as at least five people, including a woman, were killed in roof collapse incidents in different areas on Saturday while floods in Nullah Dek, rivers Chenab and Sutlej inundated more than 200 villages besides destroying crops over thousands of acres.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 18 Aug 2013, 10:58 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:14 PM

Flood affected villagers are assisted into a vessel by rescuers as they evacuate their homes at Sadat Wala near Multan. — AFP

At least 130 villages were flooded after breaches in the Nullah Dek and Basantar in Narowal in central Punjab. The flood also affected standing crops over thousands of acres besides displacing a large population and damaging their houses. At least, 25 health centres and 104 government schools were inundated.

According to government officials, 98 people have died in flood-related accidents over the past fortnight, mainly in urban areas, while more than 100,000 persons have been affected.

Flood warning centres have forecast more rains for Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions. Rains could be very heavy at times in places along the border with India or Indian-occupied Kashmir, according to the Met office.

“The Indian side is going to have ‘high to very high rains’ and Pakistani areas closer to the border may directly bear the brunt,” said Flood Forecasting Division’s chief Riaz Khan.

Riaz Khan said more rains are expected this month and in September throughout Pakistan.

According to the FFD, the River Indus at Chashma and River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad are in high floods.

The River Indus at Guddu is likely to be in high flood on August 20 and 21, as 600,000 to 650,000 cusecs water is likely to pass through this area, while there would be high flood at Sukkur between August 21 and 22.

Water level in Ravi at Shahdara is rising and it is likely to be in medium flood at this point in the next 24 hours because of expected rains over its lower and upper catchments.

The tributaries of the rivers Ravi and Chenab in the Sialkot region are also likely to be in ‘high to very high’ flood during this period.

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