Flood situation may arise if India receives excess rains, warns Punjab minister

A man rides a motorcycle amid flood water on a road during the monsoon season in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 19, 2023.  - Reuters
A man rides a motorcycle amid flood water on a road during the monsoon season in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 19, 2023. – Reuters
  • Amir Mir says that the water level in the dam built on the Ravi river in India has increased by 90%.
  • He says that if there is a flood situation in the state, an alert will be issued.
  • Around 22,000 cusecs of water is flowing in Ravi river: Rescue workers.

Acting Information and Culture Minister Aamir Mir on Sunday warned that if India gets more monsoon rains, there could be a flood situation in Pakistan.

Pakistan has been facing flood situation for several days as northern areas of India received torrential rains. Apart from this, the neighboring country is also releasing water towards Pakistan.

Speaking during a press conference at the Director General Public Relations (DGPR) office, Mir said the water level at the dam on the Ravi river in India has increased by 90%, while the Bakhra dam on the Sutlej river has increased by 70%.

The minister said that if a flood situation arises in the province, an alert will be issued, duty has been deployed to monitor the situation.

More rain expected in the catchment area of ​​Ravi, Sutlej

Apart from this, interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi also called an emergency cabinet meeting to review the flood situation after the rains.

During the meeting, the Irrigation Secretary said that there is a possibility of more rain in the catchment areas of Ravi and Sutlej.

The provincial cabinet has also ordered the irrigation department, PDMA and administration to be on alert.

Besides this, CM Naqvi has ordered all commissionerates to make security arrangements on an emergency basis, adding that failure to evacuate people will not be tolerated.

Meanwhile, rescue officials have asked people to stop boating in the Ravi river.

According to rescue workers, about 22 thousand cusecs of water is flowing in Ravi. The staff said that efforts are being made to evacuate residents living near the Ravi river, with all necessary equipment including rescue personnel available.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued an alert for the coming days, however, despite the directive being issued, people are still living near the Ravi river, officials said.

Nine killed in rain-related incidents in KP

Meanwhile, PDMA said nine people died and seven were injured after rains wreaked havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The relief secretary shared that the provincial government has released Rs 60 million for flood-affected people in the affected districts of KP, while Rs 20 million each has been released for Upper and Lower Chitral and Rs 10 million each for Bannu and Shangla.

Low level flood in the rivers of Punjab

The PDMA also shared that the head Marala and Khanki areas of the Chenab river witnessed low level floods. Meanwhile, low level flooding has also been reported from the head block area of ​​Ravi river.

The Punjab PDMA also said that the Chenab river in Kadirabad is in low level of flood, while the Indus river in Tarbilah, Kalabagh, Chashma, Taunsa and Tarman has also seen low level of flood.

The flood control room in Sindh said that 204,000 cusecs of water is flowing in the Kot Mithan area near the Indus river.

However, people living around the Indus River are being evacuated.


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