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LAHORE: Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, while at several places roads and embankments have been washed away as the release of more water by India into River Sutlej has led the river to burst its banks.

The river flooding has caused devastation especially in Bahawalnagar, Hasilpur, Vehari and Luddan, Arifwala and Chishtian where roads are completely submerged, leaving hundreds of villages and towns cut off from their surroundings.

Pakistan Army, on the other hand, is assisting the local administrations in relief and rescue operations.

Sutlej River attains very high water level: Over 0.25m people evacuated, shifted to safe places

The situation is still grim at Arifwala where water from River Sutlej has inundated over 28 kilometres of area around the river.

The situation is more precarious in Tibbi Lal Beg area where water level continues to rise. Dozens of villages have been flooded, resulting in the washing away of homes, crops, and roads. At several places, embankments have also been washed away.

Tehsil administration, Rescue 1122 personnel and army Jawans are evacuating people from their homes, while on the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi food items are being distributed among them.

Local assistant commissioner, on the other hand, has said that all kinds of facilities are being provided to the people at relief camps set up in the tehsil. However, the situation has started improving in some areas such as Bahawalpur, Kasur and Okara.

According to a report released by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), during the three-day period, from August 23 to August 26, water has receded in over 100 villages.

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Tulukan Mairandi Aug 28, 2023 06:43am
Pakistan wants India, the upper riparian, to release all its water when there is drought and block all the water when there are floods. All to compensate for our own incompetence in building headworks
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Builder Aug 28, 2023 10:55am
@Tulukan Mairandi all your comments indicate you are Indian. It's better not to speak on each and every topic. These are sensitive issues which can cause damage to your homeland India.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Aug 28, 2023 02:52pm
First, Media must always mention Caretaker wherever an undetected/undemocratically selected person is cited. Floods & shortages of water equally damaging economy of Pakistan, hence no efforts by real rulers of failed 75 years of Pakistan. Poor people always pay price of incapacities of their rulers.
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