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HYDERABAD — Provincial Information, Transport and Transit Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Sunday that with the advice of irrigation experts, it was decided to technically fissure Lake Manchar at a place where damage would be minimal.
Speaking at a press conference at his Rawal House residence, Sharjeel Memon said Manchar Lake was sinking to its dangerous level, if a decision was not made, with the cities of Sehwan and Bhan Sayedabad having a population of more than three hundred thousand inhabitants had been drowned. Sharjeel said only 6 union councils including Jaffarabad, Wahar, Chana, Arzahi and Bobak will be affected by the cracking of the lake at the designated location. The government has already taken steps to evacuate the population of the mentioned CUs to safe places while the Chief Minister of Sindh is already personally monitoring the situation there, Sharjeel said.
Sharing details of the damage caused by the rains and floods in the province, the Minister said that so far 563 people have died and more than 22,000 have been injured.
A total of more than 100,000 head of cattle perished as more than 672,000 flood-affected people took refuge in relief camps set up by the provincial government, Sharjeel Memon said.
Memon said there had been a massive disaster and the cooperation of the federal government and philanthropists was needed in this regard to help flood victims.
He said rescuing and assisting those affected by the planned breach in Manchar will be the government’s first priority.
In order to save the majority of the population, it was decided to give fissures to Lake Manchar and the ancestral village of the Chief Minister of Sindh will also be among the villages which would be flooded due to this breach, Sharjeel said.
The provincial minister said sanitation facilities are being provided in all relief camps and steps are being taken to transfer affected pregnant women to hospital.
In response to a question, he said that at no time had water been released for the benefit of anyone, wherever cuts had been made, the decision had been taken by putting the competent institutions in trust. He said if it is proven that someone has made deliberate cuts in his interest, then action will be taken against him.
He said the flooding situation is not over yet as the water level in the Indus River, other drains and lakes is high, as soon as the water flow passes, the drainage works will start.
Earlier, Pakistan’s largest Manchar Lake was breached near Bagh Yusuf on Sunday to reduce floodwater pressure and prevent the majority of the population from being inundated.
According to the official statement, a cut was made to the RD-14 to reduce the flood water pressure at Lake Manchar. Jamshoro DC Fariduddin Mustafa confirmed that a crack was given at Manchar Lake on RD-14 near Bagh Yusuf.
According to Sindh Irrigation Department, after cutting Manchar Lake, water will enter Indus River through Kiranpur village and Indus Link. Irrigation department officials said that after the cut, the water pressure of Lake Manchar would be reduced by 30 percent. Due to the rising water level in Lake Manchar, there was a risk of the lake embankment breaking and fear of submerging the Sehwan and other populated cities.
In view of the flooding situation, residents have started moving, while after the increase in water pressure on the circular embankments in the towns of Mehar and Johi, citizens are busy filling bags of earth to reinforce the embankments.

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