ANOTHER flood warning shook Pakistan’s southern province of Punjab yesterday in the wake of possible massive deluge as India released over 18,000 cusecs of additional water in River Ravi without prior information to the Pakistani authorities, reported local media The Nation today.

According to the report, around 170 villages along the river have been evacuated while the local administration is on high alert in Narowal and Sialkot districts to cope with any emergency.

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“The Pakistani government should reconsider the decision to accept 5-million-U.S. dollar Indian aid offer and have it clarified that whether New Delhi is offering aid for the flood victims or giving compensation for expected flood devastation after releasing water in Ravi,” said Ayub Khan Mayo, President of Pakistan Muttahida Kissan Mahaz (PMKM).

Official sources added that the flood warning was issued after the news of flood in five nullahs in the catchments areas of River Ravi. “India has released 18,000 cusecs of water in River Ravi that can cause massive floods in Narowal and Shakargarh as there was already 27,000 cusec water flowing in the river,” they said.

Earlier the Meterological Department predicted that water level in River Ravi would remain low during the next 24 hours but after release of water a low-level flood has hit Bhutsen and Basantar drainages of the river. The Flood Warning Centre in Lahore has given prior high-flood warning in a drainage located at Shakargarh. Flooding is also possible in other places of Punjab province.