Punjab CM reviews measures to deal with possible flood
By News Desk
July 11, 2023 08:15 PM
Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi presided over a meeting on measures to deal with possible floods, The 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday.
He ordered evacuation from the vulnerable settlements around the Sutlej River. India also released 211,000 cusecs of water in the Sutlej, the meeting was told.
People must be shifted to safer places to avert an untoward incident, he said, ordering round-the-clock monitoring of the Ravi, Chenab and Sutlej rivers. Cattle should also be moved to safe places, he maintained.
The chief minister directed the top brass of Lahore, Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur to be vigilant and brace for the possible challenge.
People should be informed about the weather and water situation in rivers through social media and other means of communication.
All the departments concerned like the Irrigation Department must stand alert, he said stressing that negligence will not be tolerable.
Provincial Ministers SM Tanveer, rescuers, police and other officials concerned attended the meeting.
Reportedly, the increased water inflow in rivers from India continued to threaten villages along the banks as more people were evacuated.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the authorities to make fool-proof arrangements to handle the possible flood situation in Ravi, Chenab and Sutlej rivers.
A report cited a Rescue 1122 spokesman as saying the families were moved to safe locations with the help of Rangers. On Sunday, at least 95 people, including five Rangers personnel, stranded near Ravi and Tawi rivers were rescued as water in the rivers rose to dangerous levels.
Rescue 1122 evacuated 236 people, including 16 children, in areas close to the Ravi River in Narowal on Monday.
According to Narowal Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ashraf, the water flow in the Ravi River near Shakargarh tehsil has reduced from 75,000 cusecs on Sunday night to 23,000 cusecs on Monday evening.