SIALKOT: The Pakistan Army on Saturday continued rescue and relief operation in flood-hit Sialkot, Head Marala, Bajwat, Zafarwal and surrounding areas.
The army shifted people to safer places through boats and helicopters. As many as 56 villages along both sides of Sialkot-Head Marala Road were inundated due to high flood in Nullah Palkhu.
A local protective dyke was also damaged by high flood which inundated villages, including Maachhi Khokhar, Kotli Tailiyaan, Hasanwal, Laalpur, Bhullah, Ballaanwala, Khanna, Khajooriwal,Kotli Loharaan-East, Kotli Loharaan-West, Chak Sarwani, Chela, Chak Seema and Sherpur.
As many as 85 far-off Bajwat villages remained disconnected from rest of the district. The army rescued people from Chobiyaan, Kojey Mahaal, Chak, Bhainse, Saddarpura, Ghazipura, Papeen, Kaliyaal,Jog, Bhajwaal, Khanu Bhaou, Gangwaal, Kothey Pathaana, Bhajwaal, Dariyaa Burd, Khondo Chak, Amanpura, Pindi Patraara, Kakwaal, Chohaaney Chak, Pul Bajwaan, Gidhpur, Chonika, Mathiyaal and Surakhpur.
As many as 25 Zafarwal villages near Sialkot were inundated due to high flood in Nullah Dek as flow of water reached to 76,000 cusecs, which breached its protective dyke and inundated 25 villages, including Jeestiwala, Rasheedpur, Rampur, Khaara Meega, Billa, Wanjal, Ghnagor, Punj Graayieen, Rehmanpur, Purana Wahla, Fasipur, Nangali Do Aaba, Mehndipur and Muslmaniyaan.
According to Narowal DCO Syed Najaf Iqbal, the officials were busy in repairing a 35-foot wide breach in protective dyke of Nullah Dek near Zafarwal-Sialkot.
On the other side, as many as 53 villages in Bella Area near Sambrial tehsil along banks of the River Chenab were inundated due to flash flood near Head Marala-Sialkot.
In Sambrial tehsil,the most affected villages were Peer Kot, Bhagal East, Bhagal-West, Panwaan, Jamalpur, Chak Ikhtiyaar, Randheer, Dor, Husaainpur, Chaaokey Kalan, Kathiyaala, Chaaokey Khurd, Nograan, Rana Behram, Kothey Chishtiyaan, Habeebpur and Nikka-Wadda.
As many as 26 villages were also inundated due to flood in Nullah Dek near Pasrur. According to Assistant Commissioner Pasrur Tauqeer Ilyas Cheema, the food water level was souring in Nullah Dek near Pasrur due to ongoing heavy rains in the region and in the catchment areas of the neighbouring Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.