Irsa begins filling Tarbela, Mangla dams
April 03, 2013
M RAFIQUE GORAYA
The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) has started filling the two main reservoirs, Tarbela dam on the River Indus and Mangla dam, on the River Jhelum as water flows in the four live rivers has started increasing following rise in temperature in the upper regions.
According to April 2 report of rivers’ flows and reservoirs level of Wapda, water inflow in the River Indus has gone up to 26,100 cusecs at Tarbela dam against the downstream outflow of 20,000 cusecs. In the River Jhelum at Mangla, 34,400 cusecs water is running in the river against the outflow of 28,000 cusecs. 34,700 cusecs water is flowing in the River Kabul and 14,800 cusecs in River Chenab. The inflows of the Rivers Kabul and Chenab are being put in the irrigation system across the country for early sowing of the Kharif crops, cotton, sugarcane and rice especially in Sindh province.
Punjab Irrigation department sources told Business Recorder that water availability would be better in the 2013 Kharif season than the previous season as more than 1.2 MAF water as there is a carry forward water stock of 1.2 MAF in reservoirs till April 2.
However, they apprehended that the country may face water scarcity ranging between five percent and 10 percent in the early Kharif season starting April to September-end against a shortage of 21 percent in the previous Kharif season in the same period, when lesser water was available due to slow melting of snow amid cooler temperatures.
Met office weather forecast for Wednesday: Scattered rain-thunderstorm is expected in Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Lahore, Gujranwala and Sargodha divisions), Hazara, Malakand divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, while isolated rain/thunderstorm in Peshawar, Kohat, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal divisions and Upper/Central Sindh. Hailstorm is also expected at few places of Lahore, Gujranawala, Malakand & Hazara division.
Weather during next 48 hours: Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Malakand, Hazara division, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Weather during past 24 hours: Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds occurred at scattered places of Malakand, Hazara, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Gujranwala division and Kashmir, while at isolated places of Gujranwala, Peshawar, Kohat division on Tuesday. Rain recorded during past 24 hours: Rawalakot 42, Mangla 41, Lower Dir 29, Jhelum 26, Chakwal 21, Kakul 20, Murree, Kalam 18, Dir 17, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) and Kotli 15, Rawalpindi (Chaklala) 14, Garridupatta, Parachinar, Kohat 10, Balakot 09, Chirat 08, M B Din, Pattan, Muzaffarabad 07, Islamabad (Golra) 06, Islamabad (Saidpur) 05, Islamabad (Bokra) 04 and Chitral 03mm.
Larkana, Pattan & Lasbella 02 (each), Mohen-Jo-Daro, Okara, Noor Pur Thal & Bannu 01(each), Sukkar, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Chilas, Lahore, Rohri & Sargodha Trace (each). Hottest places last 24 hours: Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur and Larkana 39°C, Hyderabad, Mohenjodaro & Rahim Yar Khan 38°C. Source Business Recorder
Published: Zarai Media Team