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PESHAWAR: The River Kabul was experiencing a very high flood with 307,000 cusecs of water flowing at Nowshehra since Sunday morning and by noon the water submerged the GT Road as another massive flood torrent from Swat approached the district.
The rising water levels have sparked evacuation from the low-lying areas of Nowshera. Authorities have set up a relief camp at the District Headquarters Hospital in Attock.
Nowshera district administration, which first evacuated low-lying areas on Friday, said that a new flood wave with a magnitude of up to 130,000 cusecs was expected in the area.
The flood torrent has already arrived at Charsadda – around 35 kilometers upstream from Nowshera where River Swat merges into River Kabul.
The authorities have sounded alert in Nowshera city, Nowshera Kalan, Banda Sheikh Ismail, and other areas.
Aired footage showing GT Road inundated by floodwater, though vehicles were still able to travel through it.
Earlier on Saturday, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) sounded an alarm for a ‘high’ to ‘very high and above’ flood in the River Kabul at Nowshera over the next 24 hours, with the River Indus at Kalabagh set to attain ‘high to very high’ flood over the next 48 hours and directed to evacuate people from flood-prone areas with the country having already declared a national emergency and acute humanitarian crisis.
The warning was issued by the NDMA Saturday as it noted that 110 of the 160 districts of the country, over half of Pakistan, were currently impacted by the floods.
According to the flood advisory, a ‘very high and above’ flooding will likely continue in River Kabul at Nowshera during the next 24 hours, with Swat and most parts of KP continuing to receive non-stop rain.