Emergency flood control room set up in Mardan

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District administration has established an emergency control room and canceled the holidays of government employees and issued a red alert in the district due to the risk of possible flooding in water canals in Mardan district, a statement issued by deputy commissioner Habibullah Arif said.

It was stated in the statement that according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) updates, the flood forecasting division has predicted a high level of flood in the Swat river in Khwazakhela and its connected rivers.

The flood level is recorded at 227899 cusecs. It may lead to a dangerous situation for the population living in the vicinity of water canals in the Mardan district.

As a precautionary measure, instructions have been issued to the population in the residential and sensitive areas around Kalpani and other rivers and streams to voluntarily move to safe places before an emergency situation arises.

To deal with any untoward incident, the holidays of all government departments, including the district administration, have been canceled until further notice, it was stated in the statement. Instructions have been issued to the concerned departments to continuously monitor the water level in the rivers. Rescue 1122, Civil Defense, TAM, Irrigation and other related organizations have also been instructed to remain alert and ensure the availability of equipment.

Local farmers and cattle herders should be warned in advance to move their cattle to safe places. Deputy Commissioner Mardan appealed to the masses to not listen to unnecessary rumors. In case of emergency, contact the control room number 09379230048 in the Deputy Commissioner Office.

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