Army jawans swing into action in flood-hit Dadu

By: News Desk      Published: 11:48 AM, 9 Aug, 2020
Army jawans swing into action in flood-hit Dadu

The rescue and relief operation of the Pakistan Army was in full swing after hundreds of villages in District Dadu and Khairpur were submerged with floodwater due to the overflowing of River Indus.

Several villages of Dadu were badly affected after heavy rains triggered hill torrent which caused severe damage to Nai Gaj Dam resulting in breaching of flood protection bund.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army troops including engineers from Army Corps, motorboats and medical teams reached the affected areas for rescue and relief efforts for stranded people in Dadu.

A statement issued by the ISPR said “Pakistan Army troops (are) busy in relief and rescue efforts in various areas of Dadu to help people affected by recent hill torrent and breach of Flood Protection Bund of Nai Gaj Dam. Army engineer boats are rescuing stranded people to safer places. Medical camps have been established which were providing necessary medical care.”

Hot meals were also being served to the affected people, added the ISPR.

Earlier reports said flooding caused by torrential rains has killed 145 people and affected nearly a million others across the country.

National Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday that 47 of the dead were from Punjab province. Sindh province was the next hardest hit with 34 people killed.

At least 500 villages of Katcha areas in Khairpur and 91 villages in Dadu districts have been inundated while six other villages completely submerged under flood water due to overflowing of River Indus. The standing crops on thousands of acres have also been submerged.

An Irrigation Department spokesman told the state-run Pakistan Radio that the worst-hit crops included cotton‚ sugarcane‚ dates and banana. He said the affected people of the marooned villages are being shifted to safer places. District administration has also established relief camp where they are being provided items of daily use including cooked and dry food.

The flash flood water is mounting pressure on protective bunds at Piryalo Zero Point Bund‚ Jamsher‚ Alra Jagir‚ Fareedabad and Aaqil Agani Loop Bund.

Meanwhile, Major General Saeed Aleem of National Disaster Management Authority visited District Chitral to review the flood situation. DCO Chitral Muhammad Shoaib Ullah Jadoon gave a detailed presentation on estimated damages‚ losses to public and private properties‚ communication and infrastructure caused by flash floods.

Monsoon season generally starts in the late summer in Pakistan and is marked by heavy rains that often lead to widespread flooding of rivers and streams.

In 2010, catastrophic floods during monsoon season put one-fifth of the country under water and killed 1,985 people.