KASUR: Submerged dozens of Pakistani villages and scores of individuals evacuated after India released up to 38,000 cusecs of water into the Sutlej River previously this week without any intimation.
More than 50 villages, including Kasur, Chachran Sharif, Kot Mithan, Chanda Singhwala, Gati Kalanger, Mastayki, and Bhikiwind, were submerged close the Sutlej on Wednesday. The floods also demolished crops stretching over hundreds of acres close Sutlej’s bed.
Rescue 1122 and staff from the Pakistan Army were busy transporting inhabitants to security from the impacted villages.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had previously advised of a flood-like scenario in the fields alongside River Sutlej after India chose to release up to 200,000 million cusecs of water into the river without notifying the officials concerned.
According to NDMA spokesman Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed, the water level at Ganda Singh Wala was 17.8 feet with 37,640 cusecs on Tuesday and was anticipated to achieve 100,000 -150,000 cusecs by Wednesday.
He also said all federal and provincial bodies were willing to deal with any unfavorable scenario.
On Monday, Pakistan Indus Waters Commissioner Shiraz Jamil Memon said India had suspended the treaty on Indus Waters and prevented all types of data sharing associated to the two countries ‘ water contract. India also failed to notify Pakistan of extra water being released into the Sutlej River, the official said.