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Citizens asked to leave Mehar, K.N. Shah, Johi to escape imminent heavy flooding

DADU: The district administration has issued alert over impending threat of flood and asked rural and urban population of Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi towns to immediately move to safe places.

Districrt officials warned people of Dadu on Monday evening that floodwater had reached just three kilometres away from the city.

Dadu deputy commissioner Syed Murtaza Ali Shah asked assistant commissioners and mukhtiarkars of the towns in a letter to help people shift to safe places.

He said the floodwaters from breaches in Suprio Bund and MNV Drain had reached Khuda Wah and were developing pressure at the canal’s embankment, just half a kilometre from K.N. Shah town. Fortunately, 80 per cent population of the town had already left for safe places.

The floodwaters moved to Mehar after breach in Suprio dyke at Khan Jo Goth village as work on the construction of ring embankment to protect the town was going on at a rapid pace.

As the floodwaters were fast closing in on Mehar town, thousands of families along with their children arrived at bypass to move to safe places.

The residents of Fareedabad were struggling to strengthen ring dyke around the town after breach in FP Bund, which had cut off land link of the town with other areas.

Gozo, a small town, was completely flooded after the breaches and all of its population moved to main road, Khanpur and Kakar towns.

Meanwhile, a 200 to 300 foot wide cut was made in Johi branch at Kari Mori to reduce pressure of water on Suprio bund and the water flow was diverted to Manchhar Lake and Johi town.

Sources said that differences developed between provincial minister Jam Khan Shoro and MNA Rafiq Jamali over the cut.

In Johi, which faced threat of deluge after breaches in MNV Drain and cut in Johi branch, the residents were frenetically constructing a ring embankment to protect the town from the impending flood. Women and children also participated in the dyke construction.

The floodwaters had inundated 300 big and small villages before it reached Thrari Jado Shaheed link road, 35 kms from Johi town.

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