Bahawalnagar bears Sutlej flood's brunt.

BAHAWALNAGAR -- The flood situation aggravated in Bahawalnagar as one person was killed on Monday for building a floodwall to keep out the water, while the displaced families complained of lack of facilities at the relief camps set up by the authorities concerned in the district.

The high flood in the Sutlej river washed away levees, and villages at several places, displacing more than 162,257 people. Officials said that 153,231 acres of land with standing crops was under water, while the rescuers evacuation more than 10,500 villagers and 1,809 cattle heads to safety.

The water level in Sutlej river has reached "extremely high level" in Bahawalnagar, officials said. The floodwater entered 90 villages along the river bank. Amid a tense situation, a young man was killed and another injured in a dispute over construction of a levee.

The flood in Sutlej river started from August 17, after India discharged floodwater in the river flowing heavy rain. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Punjab said that 178 relief camps and 95 medical camps had been set up in the affected districts.

However, during a visit to the affected areas of Bahawalnagar revealed that complaints against lack of facilities were rife. There was even a protest at a relief camp in Chak Jaway. 'People are hungry and thirsty. They are sitting under trees or on high grounds with their families and animals,' a protester said.

'There is nothing to eat, we are starving. No food or fodder is being given anywhere in these 30 relief camps by the administration.' When asked, a district administration official, while speaking on condition of anonymity, said: 'We do not have any budget for the provision of food.'

Basheeran Bibi, a widow, told The Express Tribune that she had prepared dowry for her two daughters but everything was washed away in the floods. 'I am diabetic and suffer from renal issue. I can't work anymore but no-one is coming to help,' Bibi, who worked as a labourer, said with teary eyes.

PDMA Director General Imran Qureshi said that so far, 100,000 people had been shifted to safer places, besides emergency transport was provided to more than 200,000 others. Qureshi added that cooked food was being provided to 70,000 people in the affected districts.

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