As is the case in Pakistan almost every year, there are flood alerts issued after heavy spells of rainfall. This year has seen quite a lot of rainfall, as compared to the previous years, and the authorities in Dera Ghazi Khan have issued a flood alert following heavy rains in the last three days.
Wheat crops have also suffered badly at the hands of heavy rain in DG Khan and in other parts of Southern Punjab where massive hailstorm accompanied by rain and strong winds damaged the crops on hundreds of acres.
The farmers in DG Khan have urged the government to aid them at the time of crisis.
The water level in Sakhi Sarwar, Sanghar Wahwa, Wador and other mountainous drains in the area have increased causing damage to the crops and also threatening the residents.
The farmers asked the government to document the losses caused due to the delay in purchasing wheat by the district administration and compensate them accordingly. Otherwise, their year’s hard work will go to waste.
Deputy Commissioner Mian Mohammad Iqbal Mahar issued a flood warning in the area, advising the people living near torrents and drains to move to safer locations. Hospitals are on high alert to facilitate the citizens in case of emergency. The rains have also claimed a life as the roof collapsed on the victim’s head.
Iqbal also directed to post staff along the torrents and drains to give timely reports about the field situation. The officials were directed to submit a field emergency plan, including arrangements for vaccination, food and relief camps, to deal with possible flooding.