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Indus Highway closure paralyses upper Sindh

Dadu: district administration on Thursday evening, the last warning to the inhabitants of Khairpur Nathan Shah, the city of about 100,000 people, is immediately apparent when the flood waters of the violation of Khuda Wah (canal) exceeds the share of two kilometers Indus Highway and became suburbs. Approximately one quarter of the city was overwhelmed when we went to press.

The flooding of the Indus highway cut the link between the districts of upper Sindh Karachi and Larkana, Shikarpur, Qambar Shahdadkot-and half of Dadu. Jacobabad and Larkana districts Kashmore already cut since August 8, when the waters submerged Tori violation of the Indus Highway and the railroad. DCO Dadu said authorities were working to raise the level of the ring as a ditch, last-ditch effort to save the city. In Thatta, the waters of the Almo violation Kot now have flooded more than 2,500 square kilometers along the left bank of Indus. Jati city – a settlement of 40,000 along the Arabian Sea – has also been under water.

Panic prevailed in K. N. Shah when floodwaters from the Tori breach, after merging with the water from the breaches in the Main Nara Valley (MNV) drain, accumulated behind Khuda Wah (canal), the last line of defence for the town.

The stagnant water finally ruptured the canal at seven places on Thursday and started gushing towards the Indus Highway and the town of K.N. Shah.

People started streaming out of the town with whatever belongings they could collect. Transporters capitalised on the misery by overcharging the hapless.

The district administration said water was also mounting pressure on the bypass to the west of the town and its inundation may leave no escape route for the populace.

Sources in the town told Dawn that well to do people had already shifted their families to Hyderabad and Karachi, but the poor could only afford to leave their home in search of high ground.

A majority of the people were waiting for transport and government help, but in vain.

K.N. Shah MPA Imran Zafar Leghari said that he was busy at Khuda Wah embankment to plug the breaches which, he said, was an uphill task.

THATTA: All efforts have failed to contain the water along the banks of the Pinyari canal, the defence line of floodwater on the left bank of the Indus.

The Pinyari canal burst both of its banks, one near the Dargah of Mughalbin along the Mallah village and the second breach occurred at Mir Khanan Mori RD 130, wreaking havoc in the area.

Officials said the irrigation authorities had excavated half a kilometre portion of the Ladiyoon-Jati road with the consent of the district administration and further cuts had also been made in the road to manage exit of floodwater to the Arabian Sea through the Kalkachani creek 15 kilometres from the breached points.

The officials said the floodwater would ultimately flow towards the Arabian Sea through the Karo Gungro drain and its bunds were being strengthened to meet any eventuality.

The Sindh chief minister’s adviser on coastal development, Ghulam Qadir Malkani, who belongs to Jati, told Dawn that the breaking of the Kot Almo bund and breaches in the Pinyari canal and Daro branch have inundated 400,000 acres of farmland with standing crops of cotton, banana, sugarcane, watermelon and paddy in the district.

LARKANA: Tori floodwaters which touched the temporary ring embankment around Warah on Thursday were constantly mounting pressure on it.
Official sources said the water volume was huge and unmanageable.They said the closure of five gates of the Main Nara Valley (MNV) drain to minimise the pressure in K. N. Shah taluka had compounded the situation and the water level in Hamal Lake had touched the danger level.

Qambar-Shahdadkot DCO said the condition of the flood protection (FP) Bund, which also includes the waters of the lake Hamal was critical. That the elected representatives of Dadu and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts were yet to decide on the cuts Dhamraho Wah (canal), so it usually full discharges. Warah reports said that many families have moved to safe places after the threat of the door.

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