Another peak flood of up to 1.05 million cusecs may hit the Guddu, Sukkur and Chashma barrages this weekend and further inundate four districts in Punjab and eight in Sindh. The warning was issued after ‘exceptionally high’ floods developed upstream in the Indus and Chenab rivers. Authorities said the Indus was in ‘very high’ flood at the Chashma barrage where flows crossed 803,575 cusecs on Wednesday evening. The Taunsa barrage is receiving 750,000 cusecs and the Trimmu barrage on the Chenab 326,000 cusecs. The ‘exceptionally high flood’ carrying cumulative flows in excess of 1.05 million cusecs from Taunsa and Trimmu may reach Guddu in two to three days The Guddu barrage received record flows of 1,148,000 cusecs on Aug 8. The flood peak at Guddu is likely to again inundate low-lying areas of Khairpur, Jacobabad, Ghotki and Sukkur districts after Aug 13. The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) said the peak of the ongoing exceptionally high flood was likely to pass through Kotri in 24 hours, resulting in inundation and riverine flooding of low-lying areas of Hyderabad, Thatta and adjoining regions. The Sindh irrigation authorities are on alert and taking precautionary measures to ensure safe passage of the surge into the Arabian Sea. According to the forecast, the Indus at Kalabagh will attain a very high flood level of 690,000 to 780,000 cusecs and very high to exceptionally high level of 780,000 to 820,000 cusecs at Chashma. The flood may inundate parts of Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan, Bhakkar and Layyah. At Sukkur, the river will attain an exceptionally high flood level of 900,000 to 1.050 million cusecs on Aug 14 and 15. Hill torrents may add to the flow in case of a heavy rainfall. The FFC said the Indus was in an exceptionally high flood in the Guddu-Sukkur reach and in very high flood in the Kalabagh-Chashma and Chashma-Taunsa reaches. The river is in medium flood with a falling trend at Tarbela. River Kabul is in very high flood at Nowshera and medium flood at Warsak and receding. The storage level in Tarbela and Mangla dams is 1,538.22 feet and 1,206 feet — 11.78 feet and four feet below their maximum levels. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma is 10.918 million acre feet, compared to last year’s 11.093MAF. The meteorological department said widespread thunderstorm and rains were expected in upper catchments of the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej over 24 hours. Scattered thunderstorm and rains are also likely in the upper catchments of the Indus. The second flood wave in the Indus is crossing Chashma and Taunsa and likely to reach Guddu by Friday evening, threatening the Khairpur, Jacobabad, Ghotki and Sukkur districts. Flood Forecasting Bureau chief Hazrat Mir said flood peak might reach Sukkur on the evening of Aug 14 and endanger Larkana, Nawabshah, Hyderabad and Naushahro Feroze. Meanwhile, light to moderate rain continued in several areas on Wednesday. The Met office has forecast widespread thunderstorm and rains in Kashmir, scattered thunderstorm and rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, north Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan, isolated thunderstorm and rains in north-east Balochistan, south Punjab and Sindh and light to moderate rains in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, and Rawalpindi divisions.
By: Dawn News