River Indus is flowing in exceptionally high flood level with rising trend at Kotri Barrage with water discharge of 939,000 cusces.
According to daily report issued by Federal Flood Commission, the river is in high flood level with falling trend in Guddu – Sukkur Reach with 596,000-616,000 cusecs and in medium flood in Chashma-Taunsa Reach with 380,000 and 445,000 cusecs respectively.
The river is in low flood with falling trend at Kalabagh while River Kabul is in medium flood with falling trend at Nowshera and low flood with falling trend at Warsak with water outflow of 333,000 and 68,000 cusecs.
River Chenab is experiencing low flood with falling trend at Qadirabad with water discharge of 114,000 cusecs.
River Indus has attained exceptionally high flood level of 965,000 cusecs at Kotri Barrage, which has created alarming situation upstream and downstream of the Barrage.
The river is likely to be in exceptionally high flood to very high flood stage during the next 6-7 days.
The “high flood situation” at Kotri Barrage is expected during the subsequent 8-9 days which can result inundation and riverine flooding of low lying areas of Districts Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin and adjoining areas along both sides of Indus River, especially Sajawal, Mirpur Bataro, Mirpur Sakro, Jhang Shahi, Allah Rakhio, Jamshoro, Matiari, Makaro, Ketibander and Shahbander.
As reported by the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Bhakra and Pong Dams on River Sutlej and Ranjeet Sagar Dam on River Ravi are almost full of water, which may result in increased water releases from these dams.
Outflow from Bhakra Dam on River Sutlej is 46,541 cusecs, which is very nearly approaching low flood stage of 50,000 cusecs. As a result, flood water level downstream of Ganda Singh Wala may rise, which may cause riverine flooding and inundation of low lying areas along the river.
Tarbela Dam has attained its Maximum Conservation Level of 1550.00 feet, whereas Mangla Dam is at an elevation of 1206.00 feet i.e. 4.00 feet below its Maximum Conservation Level of 1210.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma is 11.643 MAF as compared to last year’s 11.533 MAF.
Story first published: 27th August 2010