| GEO Pakistan|
Sukkur at brink of robust flooding
| Updated at: 1133 PST, Wednesday, August 11, 2010|
SUKKUR: The alarming rise in water spill, through breaches that developed in Bunder wall along River Indus, has posed threat of vigorous flooding in Sukkur district, Geo News reported.
Meanwhile, in other areas abutting the River Indus, the floodtides have wreaked massive devastation, leaving many villages and Katchi Abadies inundated under water.
Fear gripped Sukkur following rumours of breaches in embankments and collapse of Bunder wall on late Tuesday. Army personnel and local people are repairing cracks in Bunder wall. Water overflowing from the dike is accumulating on road.
Hundreds of flood-affected families in Jacobabad, Kashmore and Shikarpur districts are reaching Sukkur. The district administration has set up shelters near the new bus terminal and off Sukkur bypass. Tents, food, drinking water and medicines are being provided to the displaced people.
A large number of people have been evacuated in Ghouspur after floodwaters entered the town. Karampur is safe, but the flood has swept away nearby villages.
Authorities at Kotri barrage, which saw a medium flood on Tuesday, have been warned of a super flood of 800,000 cusecs.
At Guddu barrage, the flow upstream was recorded at 1,057,753 cusecs and downstream at 1,057,215 cusecs on Tuesday evening. At Sukkur barrage, upstream stood at 1,130,995 cusecs and downstream at 1,108,795 cusecs. At Kotri barrage, upstream was 196,386 and downstream 194,086.
Irrigation officials said that although the water level at Guddu barrage was declining, they expected another flood of 700,000 to 800,000 cusecs this week.
The same situation is at Kotri barrage where flood may take six to seven days to fall into the sea. The water level has started increasing at SM bund-136 in Bhanote, Matiari district. T-head spur has withstood the pressure, although the flow is hitting the protective bund in a 90-degree angle.
Most kutcha areas have been inundated by the floodwater. People living near Bhanote are moving to safe areas.