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Major losses averted as Indus flood receding fast.

KARACHI -- River Indus flood is receding fast after inundating over 250 villages slightly in Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki and Khairpur districts. Luckily, no loss of life happened due to the flood; however, agriculture crops of cotton, rice, sugarcane, vegetable and others were slightly damaged. The government needs to provide compensation to the affected farmers whose livelihood depends on these crops.

The people in katcha areas coming in flood water have shifted themselves to urban and safe rural areas timely along with their cattle and other necessary goods. They will soon resettle as the flood is receding fast.

According to Indus River System Authority (IRSA), the water level in Indus at Guddu is 205921 cusecs, Sukkur 180,230 cusecs and Kotri 197523 cusecs. The water level in the river has reduced about 30 percent.

It is great blessing of God that crops in katch areas have received slight damage, said Nazeer Ahmed, a resident of village Dilawar.

The residents of villages along the Indus River in Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki and Khairpur districts have been shifted to safe areas, Ahmed told PPI on Tuesday.

"Cotton, sugarcane, vegetables and other crops standing thousands of acres have been submerged slightly, however they would recover as flood is receding fast," he said.

The flood in the Indus remained medium to low. Nearly 50 villages in district Khairpur along Indus River's downstream area originating from Khairpur-Larkana Bridge were submerged slightly. The water level in these villages is receding. Over 50 villages have been inundated in Ghotki, Guddu and Sukkur areas located inside Indus River while 150 villages came under flood in Dadu district, where flood is also decreasing.

The Indus River is one of the longest rivers in Asia. Originating in the Tibetan Plateau in the vicinity of Lake Manasarovar, the river runs a course through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, India, towards the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and the Hindukush ranges, and then flows in a southerly direction along the entire length of Pakistan to merge into the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi in Sindh. It is the longest river and national river of Pakistan.

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Publication:PPI - Pakistan Press International
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Date:Aug 27, 2019
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