flooding in Pakistan’s Sutlej River
After India let tens of thousands of cubic seconds of floodwater into the river, it grew.
Over 1,700 people died in one of the deadliest floods ever recorded in Pakistan last year.
ISLAMABAD: Following the discharge of tens of thousands of cubic metres of floodwater into the Sutlej River by India, authorities have reacted to a “very high level” of flooding in Pakistan’s Punjab state, officials said on Sunday.
Ganda Singh Wala Barrage in Pakistan’s Kasur district is experiencing a 245,000 cusec water flow.
At Sulemanki Headworks, the water flow has reached 122,000 cusecs, and on Sunday, it is predicted to hit 200,000 cusecs. Islam Headworks continues to have a 31,872 cusec water flow.
representative issued a statement saying, “There is a risk of very high level of flooding in Islam Headworks from August 22.”
According to Punjab Relief Commissioner Nabil Javed, the local government in districts around the Sutlej River has been placed on high alert, and all institutions are prepared to handle any emergency situation.
The PDMA control room is currently conducting a twenty-four-hour monitoring process, he said. Rural Reporting Centres and District Emergency Operation Centres are both operational.
No district, according to Javed, was lacking in supplies, and authorities had set up relief camps in our foremost responsibility,” he continued.
The monsoon season, which started in late June, is currently in full swing in Pakistan. More than 200 people have died so far this year as a result of flash floods brought on by the storms in numerous locations.
A year after climate-related downpours swollen rivers and briefly submerged a third of the South Asian nation, killing 1,739 people, the rains have returned. In 2022, the floods also cost Pakistan $30 billion in damages because of its financial crisis.