Two dozens farmers trapped in flood water in Shakargarh
By News Desk
July 9, 2023 07:54 PM
At least two dozen people have been trapped across the river in the low-level flood in Shakargarh when India suddenly released water into the Ravi River, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Sunday.
According to reports, despite advance notice from Indian authorities, the Pakistan government failed to convey its message to the villagers in time about the release of water.
The farmers of Chun Maan Singh including women and children continued working in their fields on the banks of River Ravi. After the release of water by the Indian Punjab, they were trapped by rising water levels and feared for their lives.
The trapped people also released video messages that they are unable to return to their village due to the increasing flood water. "There is too much water. We are going to drown.”
The people were of the view that the administration did not take any concrete steps to inform the people about the flood situation.
The other said that the people did not take the administration’s warning seriously and went to their fields routinely and stuck to the other side of the river.
Now the citizens are worried about the flow of water in the river. They appealed to higher authorities to evict them.
Meanwhile, Punjab Livestock Department formed special monitoring teams in all districts to monitor flood relief measures, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
In an exclusive talk with 24NewsHD TV channel, Punjab Livestock Department Secretary Masood Anwar said that the government issued a 24-hour ultimatum to set up flood relief camps across Punjab.
“All management and field officers should be present in the field in view of the possible flood situation,” he added.
The Livestock Secretary said that all leaves of field officers and staff of the Department have been canceled in the present critical flood situation.
He directed the staff to complete vaccination of Gal Ghotu, Ranikhet, and other animal diseases in the areas with possible flood risk. “All possible measures will be taken for the protection of livestock farmers and cattle,” he added.