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Water Aggression: Flood water flow in river Sutlej decreases!

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KASUR: The flood water flow in river Sutlej has decreased from the level of 56,000 cusecs and it will come down to 46,000 cusecs in the near future.

According to district administration Kasur’s spokesman the flood water flow in the river Sutlej in decreasing rapidly.

He said flood relief camps at Talwar post and Sahjara were still active while others would be winded up today.

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LAHORE: Pledging to fulfill its responsibility under the 1960’s  Indus Water Treaty India has shared data about the water discharge in River Sutlej that may face flood situation at Ganda Singhwala.

According to details the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters shared data informing that 50000 cusecs of floodwater had been discharged in the River Sutlej. Unfortunately, India is not willing to fulfill its responsibility under the Advance Flood Information Agreement (AFIA) signed in 1989 during the first government of Benazir Bhutto in the wake of the 1988 floods.

Flood Forecasting Division of Met department here has informed that with current downstream discharge of 57000 cusecs Sutlej River is still at below flood level. But it can rise to about 150,000 cusecs in the next 18 hours.

While thousands of people have been transported out of the danger zone, crops on hundreds of acres of land submerged. Sources informed that flood water entered in a number of villages including Chanda Singhwala, Basti Bangla Desh, Gati Kalanger, Mastayki, and Bhikiwind.

ISLAMABAD: As a result of the release of 200,000 cusecs water by India without forewarning water level reached 18.50 feet at Ferozpur and Ganda Singh Wala in River Sutlej today.

The flow of water is increasing at Ganda Singh Wala and has reached 47850 cusecs. An increase in water flow has been witnessed at Head Sulemanki in River Sutlej. The water flow at Head Sulemanki has reached 29536 cusecs whilst the discharge is 17627 cusecs. In view of the imminent flood like situation, the people in the area are being evacuated and a relief camp has been established.

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ISLAMABAD: The Indus Waters Commissioners of India and Pakistan established telephonic contact today. During which the Indian Commissioner provided details of the volume of water released by India.

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NDMA Spokesman Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed informed NPTV that the water level at Ganda Singh Wala village in Kasur District was around sixteen to seventeen feet and 24,000 cusecs of water was entering at Ganda Singh Wala. He further told that all federal and provincial bodies, including forces, were ready to cope with any untoward situation.

LAHORE: The Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA) of Punjab has issued a warning about possible floods in River SutlejBeas and Ravi as level of water at key barrages was continuously increasing.
The administration has been advised to initiate necessary measures to tackle any emergency-like situation.
The Flood Forecasting Division Lahore said that heavy-to-extremely heavy rainfall had been observed over the upper and lower catchments of Rivers Sutlej, Beas and Ravi during the last 72 hours.
Discharges from Bhakra Dam and merging the flows from lower catchments were likely to synchronise to form medium-to-high flood level in River Sutlej. The water flow could attain 80,000 to 90,000 cusecs with sharp peak up to 150,000 cusecs, starting from between August 20 to 21 at Sulemanki, 70,000-9,0000 cusecs (medium flood level) with sharp peak up to 130,000 cusecs (high flood level) starting from August 23 and at Islam 70,000-100,000 cusecs (low-medium flood level) starting from August 25.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has summoned an emergency meeting here to discuss the situation arising out of the release of water into river Sutlej by India. The meeting would also review arrangements for relief activities.
The chief minister was personally monitoring the precautionary measures and relief activities aimed at dealing with the possible threat of flood.

ISLAMABAD: India has opened Alchi Dam spillways sans schedule and it is possible that the enormous volume of water will flood Sutlej and Sindh Rivers.

According to souces the released 200,000 cusecs water is expected to enter Pakistan’s River Sutlej from Ganda Singh Wala (a border village near Kasur) in Monday afternoon. Dam authorities have been asked to regulate the water.

Kasur administration and other districts located at the bank of River Sutlej have been advised to take measures to tackle the situation. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also instructed the concerned authorities to remain alert whereas, fishermen have also been warned about impeding floods.

NDMA Spokesperson Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed told a flood relay coming from Indian Punjab in the Sutlej River can enter Pakistan at any time Monday afternoon. He said all federal and provincial bodies, including forces, were ready to cope with any untoward situation.

It is pertinent to  mention here that despite an agreement regarding proving information before release of water, India released the water in to the River Sutlej without any intimation causing a flood-like situation in the river system of Pakistan.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.