As floodwaters continued to rise in the Sutlej River, numerous homes in the Vehari district were devastated. This catastrophic event has displaced thousands, causing many to evacuate their villages and significantly disrupting land routes connecting various settlements. In addition, over 150 villages and large tracts of farmland have been inundated due to the collapse of protective structures. Many regions, including mauzas Koda, Baqir Shah, and Rafiq Tajwana, have been particularly affected, with countless houses destroyed and belongings swept away. Sadly, countless residents, including children, remain trapped in the floodwaters.
Relief Efforts and Anticipated Challenges
The district administration is engaged in intensive relief activities, rescuing those trapped and providing necessities in tent villages and flood relief camps. A troubling incident saw two brothers being carried away by the floodwaters, with one being rescued by locals. Yet, there remain areas where relief actions haven’t commenced, leaving victims without assistance and exposed to the elements. The administration claims to have evacuated over 4,000 people, providing shelter in tent camps.
However, the flood situation is expected to worsen, with waters fast approaching urban zones, including Sahoka and Kalia Shah. Additional flooding is anticipated at Headworks Islam, raising fears of further destruction. The Bahawalnagar district is also grappling with severe flooding in a related development. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported 583 villages affected by the floods, with over 56,000 people rescued and around 58,757 receiving food aid. With monsoons predicted to persist till August 27, authorities expect the water levels in the Sutlej River to surge further.