August 25, 2014
M RAFIQUE GORAYA – BR Report –
The Indus River System Authority has stopped filling the Mangla Dam on the river Jhelum due to low flows in the rivers and to meet irrigation needs of the provinces to grow, mature and harvest the strategic cash crops including rice, cotton, sugarcane, vegetables, fodder and orchards.
The Punjab Irrigation department officials told Business Recorder here on Sunday that the dam is still 10 ft below its maximum level. However, Irsa has started releasing 40,000 cusecs of water downstream the Mangla dam against the flow of 28,272 cusecs.
Similarly, it is releasing as much as 35,000 cusecs extra water from the Tarbela Dam on the mighty Indus against inflow of 1,35.000 cusecs in the reservoir.
WAPDA engineers said that the water managers had stored 6.390 MAF water in the Tarbela and 6.697 MAF in the Mangla dam till the third week of August. However, the water regulatory body has now pre-maturely started withdrawing extra water from the reservoirs after a significant drop in the running water in the rivers during the second half of the Monsoon season this year.
They said that the four provinces mainly Punjab and Sindh have cut their water withdrawal from the system to the minimum for watering their Kharif crops that are at the critical stage of their maturity so that adequate water left at least for sowing the winter crops including wheat, grams, oil seeds, vegetables and fodder.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department has reported that no significant weather change is expected during the next seven days as the weather would remain hot and humid.
Weather forecast for today – mainly hot and humid weather conditions are expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershowers are expected at isolated places in Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Weather outlook next 48 hours – mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershowers are expected at a few places in Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Hazara divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Sunday’s Highest & Other Cities Max Temp: N P Thal 43°C, Nokundi, Dalbandin & Multan 42°C. Islamabad 35°C, Lahore 39°C, Karachi 35°C, Peshawar 37°C, Quetta 36°C, Skardu 28°C, Murree 25°C, Muzaffarabad 36°C, Gilgit 33°C, Faisalabad 40°C, Multan 42°C, Hyderabad 38°C.