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Rain spell continues

August 27, 2012

LAHORE, Aug 26: Heavy rain continued in different cities and towns of Punjab and upper parts of the country on Sunday, causing storm water channels to overflow in many areas.

The Chenab at Khanki and Qadirabad and river Kabul at Nowshera were in low flood.

Several villages around Sialkot were cut off from ten city when Nullah Dek overflowed and submerged vast tracts of land.

The water level in Dera Ismail Khan has started receding but streams in Dera Ghazi Khan were in medium flood following heavy rain in Suleiman Range.

Violent currents of Soori Lound and Wador hill torrents inundated farmland in a large area in D.G. Khan. People in rural areas have left their homes and moved to other areas.

Floodwater was receding from villages in Sialkot and Pasrur and a relief operation continued.

Overflowing Chenab and Tavi rivers have inundated 11 villages in Bajwat and Nullah Dek has submerged 25 villages in Pasrur. Some people returned to their homes on Sunday after spending two days at other places.

DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal visited the flood-hit villages and said the situation was under control and all rivers and seasonal drains were flowing normally.

A breach occurred in the repaired embankment of Nullah Palkhu near Chitti Sheikhan and Kotli Loharaan villages in Sialkot tehsil.

It was the second breach at the same place in three days.

Five villages, including Chitti Sheikhan, Kapoorwali and Khansaarpur, were inundated and standing crops over hundreds of acres of land were damaged.

According to the Met Office, Mandi Bahauddin received 103mm rain, followed by Kotli with 42mm, Parachinar 25mm, Murree and Kakul 16mm, Jhelum 14mm, Mangla and Balakot 8mm, Islamabad Zero Point 6mm, Garhi Dupatta and Dera Ismail Khan 5mm, Lower Dir 3mm, Hunza, Bunji and Bhakkar 2mm and Mianwali, Gilgit, Sahiwal and Sargodha 1mm each.

The weather in Lahore remained partly cloudy. It was pleasant early in the day but turned muggy in afternoon.