As a “very high and above level” flood from the Kabul River continues to approach the district, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Nowshera, Mir Reza Ozgen, has ordered Residents of Nowshera to leave as soon as possible.
In a voice message issued on Friday, DC Nowshera is directing citizens living in the areas of Nowshera Kalan, Khat Kalay, Police Lines, Amaagarh, Gujjar Basti, Dhobi Ghaat, Labor Colony, Cantonment Board, Alam Garden, Usmania, Ajmiri, Baghbanabad, Marathi, and Lara Mina to evacuate.
He continues by saying that the district is anticipated to be hit by 400,000 cusecs of floodwater from the Kabul River in the coming hours. Additionally, he issues a warning that the GT Road will be covered by 4 feet of floodwater.
Meanwhile, Nowshera’s residents have already begun to leave. According to social media posts, a sizable number of people have taken refuge on the Peshawar-Islamabad M-1 Motorway while they wait for rescue crews.
The new information was released immediately after the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday issued a red alert for a significant flood in the Kabul River at Nowshera.
According to the PMD alert, the water level in the Kabul River is expected to rise to 300,000 cusecs, which might cause a “very high and above level” flood in Nowshera over the next 48 hours.