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India likely to open Sutlej floodgates

LAHORE: India is likely to open floodgates of barrages and dams built on the River Sutlej in the next couple of days following widespread rains in catchment area, releasing water into Pakistan downstream Ferozpur Barrage.

According to Flood Forecasting Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department, River Sutlej at Ganda Singh Wala in Kasur district is likely to range between 50,000 to 70,000 cusecs during the period from 0100 hrs PST on August 16, 2011 to 0100 hrs PST on August 17, 2010. Therefore, it is likely that River Sutlej downstream Ferozpur Barrage attain low flood level during same period.

The Met office said that fairly widespread thunderstorms/rains with heavy falls at isolated places is expected over Kashmir (upper catchments of Rivers Sutlej, Beas, Ravi and Chenab). River Ravi at Balloki and River Chenab at Qadirabad are already in low flood level with prediction of more monsoon rains in next two-three days.

According to Met office, more monsoon rains with isolated heavy falls are also expected in lower Sindh, upper Punjab, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Kashmir on Monday. Heavy falls may cause urban/flash flooding in the said areas during the period. It is pertinent to mention here the discharge of Sutlej has reduced significantly because of construction of dams and barrages on the river in last several decades.