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Swollen river floods 200 more villages.

DADU -- Over 200 villages in riverine area in Dadu and Jamshoro districts were flooded as the Indus rose to medium flood between downstream Sukkur Barrage and upstream Kotri Barrage on Wednesday.

Thousands of acres farmland and Kundah forest were also inundated along both sides of the river. The flooded villages included Keti Jatoi, Keti Ghaloo, Jhaloo, Keti Khushik, Saindad Ja Bhan, Moundar, Jhaloo, Aminiani, Purano Deero in Dadu district and Durredero, Sona Bindi forest, Bhudhapur forest, Khanoth, Manjhand and Sann in Jamshoro district.

Dadu DC Raja Shahzaman Khuhro who visited J-spur near Dadu-Moro bridge directed irrigation officials to dump stones at eroded parts of the spur.

He said that the swollen river had inundated around 40 villages in the riverine area in Mehar taluka and hence evacuation process had been started.

According to senior irrigation officials, the river water is developing pressure at various parts of dykes. 'The river water has developed pressure at eight places along dykes on the left and right side of the river including dykes of Qadirpur, Aqlani, Jagir, Bhao Deero Fareedabad, Hakro, Ruk spur, Hajipur, Sagyoon, Razi, Bakhri, Mud Deero, Bhanoth bund, Ulra Jagir,' said Sukkur barrage chief engineer Irshad Ali Memon.

He said that flood-fighting material had been dumped at vulnerable parts of the dykes but despite mounting pressure of water, the situation was under control.

'The government needs to prepare an emergency plan for helping people and shifting them to safe places in the event of flood,' said Haji Murad Chandio, resident of riverine area of Dadu.

Noorullah Syal, another villager, said that despite the fact that floods had become frequent for the past many years the government had failed to put in place an effective communication system to warn riverine people about the coming flood, so that they could move out of the danger zone along with their livestock and valuables before the disaster struck.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 10, 2020
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