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Mohammadwala protective dyke blown up to save Multan

MULTAN: Head Mohammadwala protective dyke along river Chenab was blown up to to divert the floodwater from historic city of Multan, ARY News reported on Friday.

The raging waters of rivers posing threat to Multan, as the peak of the high flood in Chenab river crossing through Trimu headworks in Jhang on Friday.

Multan region has become the focus of relief and rescue operations and over 1100 boats and 16 helicopters were being used to evacuate people from Jhang, Multan and Muzaffargarh districts.

The authorities had earlier developed a breach at Multan-Muzaffargarh highway to soften the flood stream.  The water gushing from the breach submerged hundreds of villages in the area.

The breach of the road, however, failed to subside the ferocity of the raging floodwater.

The officials blew up Head Mohammadwala protective dyke along river Chenab to save the city of Multan

In Jhang district the authorities were considering to make another breach at Athara Hazari embankment, to handle a peak of 500,000 to 600,000 cusecs flow in Chenab approaching Trimu within 24 hours.

To save Jhang city and outskirts, the authorities had on Wednesday blown up Athara Hazari protective dyke at the right side of Chenab, diverting 120,000 cusecs to Athara Hazari town and adjoining areas.

Officials said Chenab downstream Trimu could pose a serious threat to Multan, because of chances of breaches at Muhammadwala and Sher Shah bridges.

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has forecast high to very high flood with a flow of 600,000 to 700,000 cusecs in Indus river at Guddu on Sept 15 and 16. The swelling river likely to pose same threat to Sukkur on Sept 16 and 17, the flood forecasting body added.

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