Indus, Kabul rivers run in low, medium flood
ISLAMABAD—The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) on Monday said the River Indus was flowing in low flood in Tarbela-Chashma Reach with rising trend, while the River Kabul was in medium flood in WarsakNowshera Reach. According to the daily FFC report, other main rivers including Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej were flowing normal.
The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicated that Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs were at elevations of 1511.08 feet and 1216.85 feet respectively, which are 38.92 feet & 25.15 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet.
The combined live storage capacity of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs is 9.970 MAF as compared to last year’s 9.098 MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, Sunday’s trough of Westerly Wave over Kashmir and adjoining areas had moved away eastwards and a fresh Westerly Wave lay over northern Afghanistan. Seasonal Low lay over northwestern Balochistan and Sunday’s Monsoon Low over North Bay of Bengal lay over Jharkand (India).
As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division, mainly dry weather is expected over most parts of the country during next 24 hours. However, isolated thundershowers may occur over the upper catchments of all major rivers including Kashmir, North and Northeastern Punjab (Rawalpindi & Gujranwala Divisions), D G Khan and Malakand divisions during the same period.
Scattered thunderstorm/ rain of moderate intensity with one or two heavy falls is also expected over upper parts of the country on Wednesday. According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, torrential rain/cloud burst hit Ursoon (Paitasun Gol) south-west of Chitral on July 2 evening, which resulted in flash floods in the stream located near Pak-Afghan border. As a result, a mosque, Pak Army check post and near-by houses were reportedly washed away.