Super flood in Indus River has devastated Katcha area in Sindh as 9,62,000 cusecs flow passing through Guddu Barrage, while the river stream at Sukkur has swollen to 9,26, 000 cusecs.

The river is eroding Torhi protective bund in Kashmore and Ulra Jageer embankment in Khairpur district.

Indus river has hit hard the villages in Katcha area of Sukkur, Ghotki, Khanpur, Shikarpur, Larkana and Dadu districts in Sindh forcing thousands to leave their homes to move to safer places.

The floodwater pressure has enhanced at Torhi Bund and emergency has been declared in the area. The river also eroding Ulra Jageer embankment and can cause a breach in the protective bund.

The flood After the high flood passes through Sukkur, the Kotri Barrage will have to face the brunt of 700,000 cusecs. In 1956, the barrage had successfully withstood the ‘super flood’ of 981,000 cusecs.

At the barrage, the water flow on Friday was 156,865 cusecs upstream and 132,660 cusecs downstream. The peak flood may reach Kotri on August 12.

Personnel of Pakistan Army and Rangers and irrigation department officials began reinforcing the Qadirpur embankment as water pressure kept increasing.

The worst floods in the region for 80 years have killed at least 1,600 people and affected about 14 million.

Officials say 650,000 homes have been destroyed, 1.4m acres (557,000 hectares) of crop land has been flooded across the country and more than 10,000 cows have perished.