LAHORE: The country is under threat of heavy floods due to a monsoon system presently lying over Indian province of Rajasthan and the Flood Warning Wing of the Met Department on Wednesday issued a warning forecasting heavy floods in all of rivers of the country, except the Indus.
The flood warning is for Rivers Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum, Sutlej and their tributaries and adjacent catchment areas within next few days.
There is also warning of heavy rains in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar Districts of Punjab Province as well as in eastern parts of Sindh Province while nullahs and streams in these areas may overflow. The water reservoirs’ level is already above the storage capacity. Tarbela Dam’s dead level is 1,380 feet; present level 1,535.77 feet while maximum level is 1,550 feet with live storage of 5.644 million acre feet (MAF) of water.
Mangla Dam’s dead level is 1,040 feet; present level 1,227.25 feet while maximum level 1,242 feet with live storage of 6.250 MAF of water. Similarly, Chashma Barrage’s dead level is 637 feet; present level 646.90 feet while maximum level is 649 feet with live storage of 0.196 MAF of water.
According to details, position of river inflows and outflows at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma along with the reservoirs levels and barrages on Wednesday was as follows:
Rivers: Indus at Tarbela inflows 99,700 cusecs and outflows 135,000 cusecs; Kabul at Nowshera inflows 18,300 cusecs and outflows 18,300 cusecs; Jhelum at Mangla inflows 22,700 cusecs and outflows 45,000 cusecs; and Chenab at Marala inflows 42,400 cusecs and outflows 15,300 cusecs.
Barrages: Jinnah Barrage inflows 185,400 cusecs and outflows 177,400 cusecs; Chashma inflows 172,100 cusecs and outflows 165,000 cusecs; Taunsa inflows 154,600 cusecs and outflows 127,100 cusecs; Panjnad inflows 15,800 cusecs and outflows nil; Guddu inflows 118,200 cusecs and outflows 94,200 cusecs; Sukkur inflows 85,100 cusecs and outflows 32,500 cusecs; and Kotri inflows 31,791 cusecs and outflows 14,346 cusecs.
The inflows and outflows of River Indus at Tarbela and Chashma, River Kabul at Nowshera and River Jhelum at Mangla have been reflected as mean flows of 24 hours, whereas other flows have been gauged at 6am.
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