Danger of floods in Pakistan after India releases water in “River Ravi”

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a warning about potential “low floods” in the River Ravi in Pakistan. The warning comes after India released around 185,000 cusecs of water from the Ujh Barrage. According to the Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW), approximately 65,000 cusecs of water are expected to reach the Jassar region in Punjab within the next 20-24 hours, which may result in low floods in the floodplain areas.

The NDMA shared this information on its official Twitter account, emphasizing that India had released a similar amount of water last year, causing low floods in Jassar. The authority advised people to stay informed and follow guidelines from the local administration. The NDMA’s guidelines dictate that the local administration will monitor the situation until July 20.

In response to the warning, the local administration and relief agencies have made necessary arrangements to deal with any potential emergencies. The water level in the River Ravi has increased, and flood warnings have been issued in Hafizabad and Narowal. Relief camps have been set up along rivers and canals to assist if needed.

There is also a possibility of heavy rains in Lahore, Sialkot, and Narowal, which could lead to flooding in the River Sutlej and its associated tributaries, including Bhimber, Deg, Palkho, and Basantar.

In the Chenab River, the Gujarat Deputy Commissioner has established two relief camps near Kot Ghulam due to the risk of flooding. The area from Kot Ghulam to Kot Nikka has already been affected, and authorities have assessed the damage. The water flow in the Chenab River is being closely monitored, and all departments are prepared to handle any emergencies.

However, the Irrigation Department has reported that the water situation in the Sutlej River is currently normal. The water inflow at Islam Headworks is 3319 cusecs, while the outflow is 2335 cusecs. The district administration is warning residents of low-lying areas about the possibility of flooding.

Overall, the authorities are closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary measures to minimize the impact of potential floods. The public needs to stay informed and follow the instructions provided by the relevant authorities.