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Tarbela dam touches dead level as water crisis worsens

Water storage capacity at Tarbela Dam falls to minimal level this year

Tarbela Dam on the Indus River reached its lowest point today as the water levels were recorded at dead level at 1,398 feet, due to abnormally low inflows during the summer months, worsening the water crisis in the lowlands.

A local newspaper reported that a calamity of this magnitude would further tighten flows downstream, reduce drinking water stores, and adversely affect standing crops.

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The water water storage capacity of the Tarbela Dam fell to its lowest level on March 20, resulting in a dramatic drop in irrigation supplies and hydroelectric power output.

The current trend in river flows indicates disaster for the agriculture sector, which is already besieged under an extraordinary heatwave. According to the Water & Power Development Authority report, the Indus river inflow at Tarbela was recorded at 82,800 cusecs and outflow at 95,000 cusecs; Kabul inflow at Nowshera was recorded at 28,700 cusecs with the outflow at 28,700 cusecs. Jhelum inflow at Mangla was recorded at 36,100 cusecs and outflow at 33,800 cusecs while the Chenab inflow at Marala was recorded at 31,400 cusecs with the outflow at 21,400 cusecs.

Tarbela minimum working level threshold is at 1,398 feet while the current level is at 1400 feet. Mangla minimum working level threshold is at 1,050 feet while the current level is at 1,085 feet, and the maximum conservation level is 1,242 feet.

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