Multan, adjoining areas continue to remain under flood threats

Published on : Saturday, September 13, 2014

77545391_023865697-1-300x168North-east Pakistan’s Multan city and its surrounding areas in Punjab province which are on high alert as the Chenab river continues to surge south at an extremely high levels don’t seem to be out of danger by any means The area is rather close to the Indian territory, which is also known as POK.

The provincial government authorities are taking all measures to protect two crucial bridges in the district which are crucial to maintain communications.

The waters have been moving south through Punjab, inundating large tracts of farmland.
Meanwhile, in the Indian-administered Kashmir, where waters are receding, thousands are still stranded.

On Thursday, Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir admitted his government was caught off guard by the magnitude of the disaster.

Pakistan’s Multan region has been the focal point of the most recent relief and rescue operations, with thousands of people evacuated from low-lying land along the river.


A torrent of water is expected to pass through Multan on Friday, flood control official Chaudhry Muhammad Zahid told the Express Tribune newspaper.

According to the BBC reports the floods this year have been the worst in intensity since 2010, but not quite as widespread.

The downpours this year have come at the very end of the monsoon season, and its severity has been restricted to the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Much of this water fed into Chenab river, sending down its worst floods since 1992. The people that had colonised those parts of the river-bed that had turned dry over the last two decades are those most affected by these latest deluges.

The good news is that officials said that Multan city itself is in little danger of facing floods, although adjoining areas were submerged.

Incidentally, Multan is one of Pakistan’s largest cities and surrounded by vast tracts of agricultural land and is one of the country’s major cotton producers which creates possibilities of widespread flooding in the area..

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