Flood alert issued, as Punjab rivers report rise in water level

NDMA directs departments to strengthen coordination for disaster mitigation, contingencies,

ISLAMABAD_ The Acting Chairman NDMA on Tuesday presided over a special NEOC session with key stakeholders on the current monsoon situation and instructed relevant departments to strengthen coordination among all departments concerned to streamline disaster mitigation and contingencies plans.

The session was attended by representatives of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, State Disaster Management Authority and Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMAs/SDMA/GBDMA), Armed Forces, Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Mangla and Tarbela Dam Management Authorities, SUPARCO and Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW), a news release said.

The Acting Chairman NDMA reviewed the situation of major Dams and the regulation of river flows during ongoing monsoon spells.

The Tarbela Dam Management briefed that 80 percent has been filled of its full capacity, howsoever there is no flood-like situation expected and impacts on downstream population as of now.

The Mangla Dam Management Authority briefed that the facility is nearly 76 per cent filled of its full capacity and experiencing low-level flood conditions. It was informed that detailed mock exercises were planned with relevant authorities to handle monsoon contingencies.

The FFD reported that there is less chance of rainfalls over catchment areas of major rivers till July 26. However, heavy rain spells are expected from July 27th to 30 over catchment areas of rivers Indus & Kabul which may trigger flash flooding and high flows in the tributaries of these rivers.

The SUPARCO provided updates on the current situation of Badswat Glacial lake and shared satellite images of hazard-prone GLOF sites in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkwa.
The PCIW briefed about the current situation of Indian Dams including Bakhra, Pong and Thein and informed that releases from these reservoirs are still within limits.

The Acting Chairman NDMA also emphasized undertaking public awareness campaigns to maximise the general public’s knowledge on risk associated with monsoon season and enhance vigilant monitoring of rivers and reservoirs during monsoon season.

While,

The water level in the rivers of Punjab has started to increase. There is a low-level flood in the Indus River at Tarbela and Kalabagh. Flood alert has also been issued in Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan.

According to the PDMA, there is a moderate flood at Chashma and Taunsa. A spokesman says there is a low-level flood in the Sutlej River at Ganda Singhwala and Sulemanki, as well as Guddu and Nowshera barrages. He further said the district administration around the Ravi River has been alerted. The inflow of water in Tarbela Dam is 319,000 cusecs, while discharge is 262,600 cusecs.

At Kalabagh, the water inflow has been recorded at 367,888 cusecs and discharge is 360,000 cusecs. At Chashma Barrage, the inflow has been recorded at around 404,571 cusecs, and discharge 400,571 cusecs. At Taunsa Barrage, the inflow has been recorded at 395,152 cusecs, while discharge is 395,152 cusecs. Meanwhile, a low-level flood has been reported at Head Balloki in the Ravi River. At Shahdara, the flow of water is 35,000 cusecs.