LAHORE: After playing havoc in the upper Punjab, the flood situation is now aggravating with all its devastation in South Punjab districts particularly Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and Multan.
The district governments have taken preventive measures to face any situation and its expected damages. According to official sources in the city district government and flood forecasting division Lahore, flow of water in river Ravi is normal and no threat of flood is observed at any place from Jassard, the entering point in Narowal from India to Head Balloki, Pattoki districts (Kasur).
However, the district administration has set up a relief camp at Haji Kot near Shahdra for people to be affected by flood and are living on the bed of river Ravi.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government had declared flood emergency across the province to deal with heavy rains and floods. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had already directed all authorities and departments concerned to speed up relief work for flood victims.
According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), floods wreaked devastation in Sialkot, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Bawalpur, Chiniot, Hafizabad, Jang, leaving several areas cut off from rest of the country.
On the direction of the chief minister every possible relief is being provided to flood-hit people. Packs of dry fruits are being made available to them on emergent basis.
Provincial Minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada told the media here on Thursday that flood situation was being monitored round-the-clock and administrations of the respective districts had been asked to get ready to meet any emergency. He said mobile filtration plants were being sent to flood-hit areas.
Punjab Relief Commissioner Nadeem Ashraf said the Punjab government had immediately released Rs 2 billion for relief activities and rehabilitation of flood effected families.
About 450,000 cusecs water passed through the Rasool Barrage in Jhelum River while over 700,000 cusecs was passing through Qadirabad Barrage in the Chenab River.