Deluge continues to destroy infrastructure

Mansoor Pirzada
GHOTKI: As the super flood has destructed the thousands of villages of Punjab and Azad Kashmir, it has now headed to the Indus river Sindh. The water level is gradually increasing at Guddu Barrage threatening the districts of Sindh including Ghotki, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had warned about the high level flood in Ghotki and Sukkur stating that Guddu barrage will attain high level of flood that will range in 600,000 to 700,000 on 16 and 17 September. But according to the telemetry authorities water level at Guddu barrage was recorded 260,964 cusec on Monday. Afterward, Flood Forecasting department declared it as normal level flood in Sindh.
Several villages near kacha arreas of Ghotki have been inundated with water and evacuated. Shaink bund and Qadirpur loop are the most important bund that can protect the Ghotki district but Shaink and Qadirpur Loop bund have been declared as sensitive by the Irrigation Department of Sindh in the briefing to Sindh Chief Minister.
The major threat still remains that if Qadirpur loop bund breached it can submerge Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Enger PowerGen power plant.