DERA GHAZI KHAN: The fresh spell of rain in Sulaiman Range has caused flooding in mountain drains of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

The district administration has made announcements urging the people to vacate their homes.

Reports said two sons of Din Muhammad, a resident of Taunsa Sharif, drowned.

High flood was reported in hill torrent Kaha of Rajanpur, Wahowa and

Sanghar (Taunsa Sharif tehsil). Fourteen mountain drains of Sulaiman Range in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur are flooded.

In Dera Ghazi Khan, there is medium flood in hill torrent Kaura, high flood of 154,362 cusec water in Wahowa hill torrent and 25,5761 cusec in Sanghar hill torrent. Suri Lound, Wadoor, Sakhi Sarwar and Mithawan are also flooded.

In Rajanpur, there is high flood at Kaha as 102,567 cusec water is flowing in Kaha drain and normal flood at some places.

Ameen Anjum, a journalist from Fazilpur, told Dawn that the floodwater would pass through Qutab drain and had already breached dykes. There’s a threat of inundation of Fazilpur and its adjacent settlements. Breaches in Qadra canal pose a threat to abodes, he added.

DG Khan Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Anwar Baryar and Rajanpur DC Jameel Ahmed have asked the people residing in low-lying areas to move to relatively safe places.

They have sent boats to evacuate dwellers and directed the Rescue 1122, health and other departments to set up relief camps.

The authorities have closed Dera-Quetta Road due to flood.

More than 20 people lost their lives in the hill torrents almost two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has alerted the departments to monitor the flow of water in Rajanpur and DG Khan mountain drains. The scope of relief activities should be widened in the affected areas, he said.

He directed the PDMA, Rescue 1122, administration and police to be alert to the situation and make an emergency flood plan. He said he would visit the areas and see the state of preparedness.

ELECTROCUTION: A seminary student was electrocuted while two others were injured when they touched an electricity pole at Katchehri Chowk of Rajanpur.

The deceased was identified as 12-year-old Imdad Hussain, a resident of Kasbah Wung.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2022

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