LARKANA: Breaches in the Right Bank Outfall Drain-III and Shahdadkot drain on Thursday increased threats of flooding of Shahdadkot.
Qambar-Shahdadkot District Coordination Officer Yaseen Shar said 3,000 people left in the town had been offered transport to shift to safe places. He said army personnel were helping evacuate people who were reluctant to leave.
He said floodwaters gushing towards Warah had inundated over 100 villages in Dost Ali, Gaibidero and Khando union councils and evacuation of the area was under way.
Breaches in a protective embankment at Zero Point, and in the Shahdakdot drain, mounted pressure on Panhwaro Shakh and efforts were on to strengthen its banks.
The 15km Warah-Jatak road was clogged with people moving out with their belongings. Irrigation workers were racing against time to fortify the banks of Naseer Shakh.
A PPP leader, Dr Shafqat Soomro, was supervising work on Janat and Sallar shakhs to carry water from a breach in Khirthar canal towards Garhi Khairo and Shahdadkot. He said both branches were incapable of repelling the awesome volume of water. He said the Ratodero-Mohammedpur Odho road had been cut at six points to reduce the water pressure.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah met marooned people who had taken shelter along Sallar Minor, Janat Shakh and Gopang Nabi Shah Waggan village on the Jacobabad road. He asked them to move to relief camps if they were facing any problems.
Mr Shah said there was no danger to Ratodero, Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto and Larkana because the places were higher than the level of floodwaters.