Punjab govt says rescue efforts under way as flood ‘unprecedented in 35 years’ hits Sutlej river – Pakistan


Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi stated on Saturday that rescue efforts had been under way after a flood “unprecedented in 35 years” was reported in the Sutlej river.

A day earlier, the (*35*) Warning Centre (FWC) issued an pressing alert, saying the Sutlej river’s water ranges had surged considerably and had been anticipated to stay in a important state.

It added that the river at Sulemanki Headworks was anticipated to the touch a excessive to very excessive flood degree beginning at the moment. Similarly, the Islam Headworks was anticipated to witness a excessive flood degree from Aug 21 onwards.

Taking to social media platform X at the moment, Naqvi stated the federal government was carefully monitoring the flood scenario as “278,000 cusecs of water” is speeding close to the Ganda Singh border in Kasur.

According to Naqvi, the water was discharged from the Indian facet.

“Visited flood-affected areas and reduction camps at the moment. Appreciation for district Administration, Rescue 1122, Police, and Irrigation groups for his or her 24/7 efforts over the previous 3 days.

“This flood is unprecedented in 35 years, however our groups are on the bottom, devoted to securing and serving to our folks. Insha Allah, we’ll get by means of this collectively,” the chief minister added.

Separately, in a media discuss in Lahore later in the day, Naqvi stated 10 to 12ft floodwater had entered a number of villages in Kasur and 6,500 folks had been evacuated from affected villages in the final 24 hours.

“We will, if we now have to, forcefully evacuate folks from the villages under menace to stop any lack of life,” he acknowledged, including that Section 144 had been imposed in the realm.

Naqvi additional stated that the Lahore commissioner and officers of the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority had been overviewing the rescue operation on the website.

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