DADU: With floodwaters gushing from breaches in the Manchhar lake embankment finally falling into the Indus near Karampur town, officials of the Sindh government and Pakistan Army have heaved a sigh of relief.
According to irrigation officials, the swollen lake was receding rapidly on Saturday. They said the water level in the lake had fallen to 118RL (reduced level) from 121RL
The officials said that more than 100,000 cusecs of water was flowing from the lake and making its way to the river through human settlements.
The floodwaters have so far inundated several villages and portions of Kotri-Quetta section of the railway line, Indus Highway, four gas and oil pipelines of Parco and Sui Southern Gas Company and an optic-fibre link of a private company.
Sources told Dawn that equipment of six mobile phone towers had also been flooded and operation of all mobile phones remained suspended from Bhan Syedabad to Sehwan Sharif towns.
The optic-fibre link was also damaged at Arazi town, causing suspension of internet connectivity of Bhan Syedabad, Dadu and Sehwan towns.
Dadu DCO Iqbal Memon appealed to residents of Dadu, Sita Road and Mehar towns to return to their homes with life gradually returning to normality in these towns.
Bazaars and markets have reopened in these towns because the water is receding. However, the town of Khairpur Nathan Shah still remains submerged.
According to irrigation officials, the quantity of water flowing into the Indus was low; therefore, they had decided to give five more cuts of 200 feet to the Larkana-Sehwan (LS) flood protective embankment to release more water.
The water from Manchhar flooded 100 more villages and destroyed about 2,000 katcha houses. The number of inundated villages reached 275 in five union councils of Sehwan taluka.
Ten 200-foot wide cuts were given to the Larkana-Sehwan flood protective embankment to enable floodwater to drop into the river.
The level of water rose and developed pressure along the Indus link canal which caused three leakages, but Pakistan Army officials and residents of Bhan Syedabad town plugged the leakages.
The residents of Bhan Syedabad apprehended inundation of the town.
Water of Manchhar flooded 50 villages in UC Talti and affected 50,000 population and 50 more villages in Bubak, Pakka Channa, Dal and Sehwan-1 UCs were also inundated.
Railway officials were trying to bring material for plugging breaches and operation of passenger trains has not started as yet.
Hyderabad GOC Maj-Gen Shaukat Iqbal told journalists in Sehwan that water was developing pressure at the Indus link canal, but officials of Pakistan Army were raising embankment with heavy machinery.
Electric supply remained suspended to villages and towns from Bhan Syedabad to Sehwan Sharif and thousands of villagers were still stranded in their homes and facing shortage of food.Meanwhile, four inches water has reduced at Johi town’s ring embankment and five inches water has reduced along the Johi canal embankment.
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