After Guddu, Sukkur Barrage also witnessed high-level flood Thursday as the water level reached above 500,000 cusecs in the major barrage of Sindh, Business Recorder has learnt. Guddu Barrage on Wednesday had witnessed high level flood as upstream of this barrage was recorded at 567,418 cusecs and downstream at 542,100 cusecs.
On Thursday, Sukkur Barrage”s upstream water flow was recorded at 5,02,000 cusecs and downstream at 478,000 cusecs, upstream flow at Guddu barrage was recorded at 506,000 cusecs and downstream at 487,000 cusecs, Kotri Barrage”s upstream flow was 226,000 cusecs and downstream 191,000 cusecs. The water level is surging in Guddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages on a daily basis. Sindh Irrigation Department has declared high-level flood at Guddu and Sukkur. Hundreds of villages have been inundated and thousands of villagers affected directly or indirectly.
The water level at all three barrages of Sindh is on sharp rise and will further increase in next few days which could create havoc in the province, irrigation experts said. The flood water has inundated more than 2,000 villages in Katcha areas of Sukkur, Ghotki, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Khairpur Mir”s Larkana and Dadu districts. Thousands of villagers have been displaced from their homes and have been shifted to safer places. Relief camps have been established by local administration near their villages.
Aziz Soomro, an official expert of the irrigation department told Business Recorder that Sukkur and Guddu barrages were facing high-level flood as water is moving forward towards Kotri Barrage while washing over a large number of villages located in Katcha (river banks) areas. He said Guddu and Sukkur barrages could witness more water in next few days if it is rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Punjab.