Pak alleges India has released flood waters

Over a dozen villages in Punjab province were inundated in the border areas of Sialkot district and the Pakistani officials blamed it on India, saying authorities across the frontier had released excess flood water.

The villages in the Bajwat area of Sialkot district were submerged following a fresh spate in the Chenab river after the release of waters by India, Pakistani officials alleged.

Besides the Chenab, the water level in Tawi river too has increased. As a result, several villages in the Bajwat area have been cut off from Sialkot, they said. Officials said the situation was under control and no loss of life or damage to property had been reported.

According to a forecast by the Flood Forecasting Division, high floods ranging from 270,000 cusecs to 350,000 cusecs is expected in the Chenab at Khanki on Saturday.

The FFD said high floods in the river might lead to inundation of low-lying areas around the river bed in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Hafizabad and Mandi Bahauddin
districts.

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