ISLAMABAD: As floodwaters move downstream all the way through Punjab, Multan and Muzaffargarh are under grave danger of flooding in the next 24 hours.
To save the cities from the engorged Chenab River, explosives have been planted to blow three strategic dykes to divert the floodwater away from Muzaffargarh and Multan. The army is monitoring chief installations and head works in Multan while the city’s Corps Commander is unswervingly overseeing the situation. All schools in the area are also closed for the next two days.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also visited flood-hit areas of Forward Kahuta in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, where he was informed that rainwater has not caused any damage to basic infrastructure of Neelum Jhelum hydel project, however, trade and bus service to Indian administered Kashmir is suspended due to the calamity.
Moreover, Pakistan Army troops have rescued 22,000 people stranded by floodwaters around Punjab and Azad Kashmir.
The ISPR said that the army is continuing with its relief work in Athara Hazari, Jhang, Chiniot, Ahmadpur sial and Pir Kot, adding that the army is using seven helicopters and 100 boats for rescue operation. Further, the army has distributed 35 tons of food among the flood victims.