September 05, 2014 – M Rafique Goraya – BR Report –
The River Chenab has attained a very high flood level with discharge of 450,000 cusecs water at Marala Headworks near Sialkot and the river Jhelum is in high flood at Mangla dam, Flood Warning Centre said here on Thursday.
It said River Chenab at Khanki is likely to attain High to Very High flood level ranging between 350,000 cusecs to 450,000 cusecs during 0200 PST of 05-09-2014 to 2200 PST of 05-09-2014 (today) River Chenab at Qadirabad is also likely to attain High to Very High flood level ranging between 350,000 cusecs to 450,000 cusecs during 0800 PST of 05-09-2014 to 0400 PST of 06-09-2014. Nearly 190,000 cusecs water is flowing in the Mangla dam and the water level is rising. The FFC said that river Ravi and Sutlej are also expected to be in very high to exceptionally high flood level along with their associated Nullahs during next 48 hours.
District administrations of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Okara and other areas along the rivers and Nullahs have been warned to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid any loss of life and property.
Punjab Irrigation Engineers told Business Recorder that due to good rains in the northern and central Punjab and floods in river Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi and Sutlej Punjab has reduced outflows from the Mangla dam to 9,000 cusecs from 45,000 cusecs so that the dam could be filled to its maximum level of 1242 ft. The dam is still 14 ft below its maximum height.
MET OFFICE COUNTRY WIDE FORECAST FOR TODAY Widespread thundershowers with gusty winds & scattered to fairly widespread heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Upper catchments of rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi & Sutlej. Widespread thundershowers with gusty winds would occur over Punjab (with scattered heavy to very heavy falls over Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad and isolated heavy falls over D G Khan, Multan divisions and Kashmir (with heavy to very heavy falls). Further, fairly widespread thundershowers with gusty winds may come about over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (with isolated to scattered heavy to very heavy falls over Malakand, Mardan & Hazara divisions) and Gilgit-Baltistan. Also, scattered thundershowers with gusty winds are expected over Sukkur. Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions, FATA, Eastern Balochistan. There could be high to very high flooding in Nallahs of Ravi & Chenab rivers. There could be localised/urban inundation in areas of heavy to very heavy downpours. Also, there could be medium to high flooding in Nallahs of Hill Torrents of DG Khan, Rajanpur & their surroundings. The chief amounts of rainfall recorded during last 30 hours are as; Sialkot (cantt. 251,Airport 167), Rawalakot 194, Lahore (City 183 Airport 180),Kotli 168, Gujrat 163, Mangla 153, Kasur 135, Jhelum 115, Faisalabad 113, T T Singh 97, Okara 85 and Mandibahauddin 70 mm. Met Office said that this weather system still has a potential to produce heavy at times very heavy rainfall over north-east Punjab (Gujranwala. Lahore, Rawalpindi divisions), Kashmir and adjoining areas during next 24-36 hours causing flood situation in the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej Rivers and their tributaries.