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Sci-Tech

September 11, 2014

Athara Hazari dyke blown up to protect Jhang, Trimmu Headworks

Sci-Tech

Thu, Sep 11, 2014
JHANG: The protective dyke of Athara Hazari has been blown up to save the Jhang city and Trimmu Headworks and now the floodwaters are heading towards 200 villages, including the thickly-populated areas of Tehsil Athara Hazari and Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial. Some 100 feet of the dyke was breached at 10am on Wednesday, which could affect 200,000 rural population in the above-mentioned two Tehsils.
DCO Jhang Raja Khurram Shahzad Omer once again appealed to the villagers residing in their homes in these areas to vacate the area and go to safer places. He said the army Jawans or Rescue 1122 staff would help in shifting them to safer places.
On early Wednesday, 590,000 cusecs water was passing through the Trimmu Headworks while the highest level of floodwater up to 750,000 cusces was expected to reach here tonight. The Trimmu Headworks have the design capacity of 645,000 cusecs of water.
The Sargodha and Multan roads have been closed for all types of traffic. At 4am, a protective spur of the Jhang city got a breach near Moza Wijhlana due to the water pressure and the floodwater inundated many localities, including Khaiwala, Maddoki and Wijhlana, etc. The Jhang protective bund on the Sargodha Road has become a big problem for the residents of the area as water leaks through it, creating panic among the people. The district headquarters Jhang will face danger for a couple of days.
The army Jawans are carrying out a rescue operation with devotion and dedication. The district administration has set up 18 relief camps for the flood-affected people. The Rescue 1122 staff is also busy in a rescue operation in the badly affected areas.
The districts of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Khanewal, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh could be directly hit by the flood. An alert had been issued to the administration to take precautionary measures to minimise the threats to life and property. The Punjab government has already declared an emergency in 20 districts directly hit by the floods in

rivers Chenab and Jhelum.
The flood is approaching Multan and Muzaffargarh cities of south Punjab, where the army troops and local administration have been put on a high alert.Reports said the army personnel have been deployed on the banks of the Chenab River in Multan district with military officers monitoring the flood situation at sensitive points.
A deluge of 500,000 cusecs floodwater is expected to pass through the River Chenab in the Multan area on Thursday, irrigation officials in Multan said on Wednesday. Talking to APP, XEN Operation and incharge Flood Control Cell Irrigation, Multan Zone, Chaudhry Muhammad Zahid, said that the water level in River Chenab had started to rise in the area. He hoped that there was no flood threat to the city as the capacity of the river was one million cusecs. He said that all arrangements had been completed to save the Multan city from flood and there was an option to breach the Muhammad Wala Road Headworks from one side in case of an emergency.
Reports said the authorities are preparing to breach the dykes of Chenab tributaries near Multan in order to save the city from floodwater inundating dozens of villages in Multan district.Using helicopters and boats, the Pakistan Army continued to rescue the stranded people across the Punjab and Azad Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Sindh and Balochistan provinces have also been put on alert over the approaching floodwaters.The Ravi River is also in high flood at Balloki, with inflow 109,000 cusecs and outflow of 95,000 cusecs. The design capacity of the headworks is 100,000 to 150,000 cusecs.
The floodwater is expected to reach the Guddu Barrage in Sindh on Sunday.The Federal Flood Commission on Wednesday announced that the River Chenab was flowing in very high flood with rising trend at Trimmu. The River Ravi is flowing in high flood at Balloki while other main rivers, including Indus, Jhelum and Sutlej, are flowing normally.
In its daily flood situation report, the commission said the actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicate that the Tarbela Dam, which had earlier attained its Maximum Conservation Level of 1,550 feet on August 20, is at an elevation of 1,541.12 feet on Wednesday, which is 8.88 feet below its Maximum Conservation Level.
The Mangla Dam is at an elevation of 1,241.65 feet i.e. 0.35 feet below its Maximum Conservation Level of 1,242 feet. The dam management authorities have been advised to take utmost care and vigilance in operation and strictly follow the filling criteria and safety guidelines.
On Wednesday, the combined live storage capacity of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs was 13.580 MAF as compared to the last year’s 13.767 MAF.As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, scattered thundershowers with isolated heavy falls are expected over Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Karachi divisions during the next 24 hours. The isolated thundershowers may also occur over Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar and Kohat divisions besides Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir, including upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the same period.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that about 250 people had died and 461 were injured in flood related incidents across the country.According to an update issued by the NDMA on Wednesday, 179 people died in the Punjab, 64 in Azad Kashmir while 11 people died in Gilgit-Baltistan. The injured include 341 from the Punjab, 109 from Azad Kashmir and 11 from Gilgit-Baltistan.
Meanwhile, 360 relief camps have been established in different areas of the Punjab and two in Azad Kashmir for the affected people. Fifteen helicopters and 574 boats are being used for the relief and rescue activities. A rescue operation is underway along the River Chenab by the government agencies and Pakistan Army. According to the NDMA, 15 helicopters and 574 boats are taking part in the rescue operation. Over 127,600 people have been rescued so far.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to grant Rs50,000 for each family of flood victims and in this regard DCOs throughout the Punjab province were asked to provide lists of deceased in their respective areas.
According to sources, due to the havoc of recent flood, Nawaz Sharif has directed Baitul Mal Pakistan to provide Rs50,000 to each family besides relief activities in the flood-hit areas.Meanwhile, Sindh and Balochistan governments have announced to allocate Rs100 million and Rs10 million respectively for the flood affected people of the Punjab province.
The Pakistan People’s Party’s patron in chief, Asif Zardari, instructed the party workers to help the flood victims in any way possible. “We will not leave the flood affected alone in this time of need,” Zardari said.
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch announced Rs10 million for the flood victims of Punjab province, saying the people of Balochistan equally grieved over the human losses caused by the calamity in the Punjab, the Balochistan government spokesman Jan Buledi quoting the chief minister said.