18 Aug Increasing water level and flood warnings in Rivers of Pakistan
On Saturday, FFD of Meteorological Department (PMD) issued warning of a ‘high to very high’ flood in rivers Ravi and Chenab. PMD predicted moderate-heavy rainfall in the coming two days.
Different nullahs of the River Ravi and River Chenab are likely to come under flood. According to Pakistan’s Flood Forecasting Division (FFD)’s report released on Saturday, all other main rivers (Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi & Sutlej) were flowing normally. Today’s combined live storage of three major reservoirs is 11.015 MAF i.e. 80.50 % of the maximum combined live storage capacity. Tarbela Dam has also attained the level of 1547.05 feet against the maximum conservation level of 1550.00 feet. Moreover, the water release by India cause concerns.
Yesterday’s well-marked monsoon low over Northeastern Rajasthan (India) has moved northwestwards and lies over Southern Haryana (India). The interaction between the two weather systems is injecting strong moist currents. The currents are coming from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. And it comes into the upper areas of rivers Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, and Chenab and to some catchment areas of River Jhelum, besides North-Northeastern Punjab.
Moreover, The likely flood situation is alarming. And The concerned authorities should stay alert and take precautionary measures accordingly.