12,258 people transferred to safe locations amid flood situation
LAHORE: At least 12,258 people have been transferred to safe places as flood rescue operation in adjacent areas of Okara and River Sutlej is underway.
Rescue 1122 of Punjab said 10 additional boats were provided to flood rescue teams in Kasur district. Only in Kasur flood rescue operation, more than 100 rescuers with the help of 30 boats were providing rescue services to people. While, more than 1000 rescuers with the help of 86 boats were busy in flood rescue operation in adjacent districts of River Sutlej.
Rescue teams have been deployed in Kasur, Okara, Bahawalnagar, Pakpattan, Vehari, Lodhran, Bahawalpur and Jalalpur. Moreover, specialized flood rescue posts had been established at 46 perilous sites.
Rescue sources said 9340 people from Kasur, 2115 from Okara, 680 from Bahawalnagar and 123 from Okara had been transferred to safe places.
People have been requested to contact 1122 rescue helpline in case of any flood emergency.
A low-level flood has happened in different areas including Head Sulemanki and Attari near River Sutlej. The flood has deeply affected the population residing near the river and people are forced to migrate with their livestock.
66459 cusec water has arrived and as much is released from River Sutlej. Water level has risen up to 19 feet at different sites. Water level in the river is gradually rising.
Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 19 issued a flood alert after India released water towards Pakistan without preschedule.
According to the alerts, India had released 150,000 to 200,000 cusecs water into the River Sutlej which entered Pakistan through Ganda Singh Wala, a border village near Kasur.
The administration of Kasur and other districts located at the bank of River Sutlej had been advised to initiate necessary measures to tackle emergencies.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar had summoned an emergency meeting in Lahore to discuss the situation arising due to release of water in river Sutlej by India.