India releases water into Sutlej

Published: August 29, 2010
The water level is continously increasing and some areas have been completely submerged. PHOTO: AFP

The water level is continously increasing and some areas have been completely submerged. PHOTO: AFP

PUNJAB: The flood torrent released by India in river Sutlej is heading towards Head Islam via Head Sulemanki and Head Ganda Singh.

The water level is continuously increasing at Head Islam in Vehari, and many areas near river Sutlej have been completely submerged.

Currently about 30,000 cusecs of water is flowing at Head Islam. The flood in river Sutlej has already destroyed crops at thousands of acres of land.

Head Islam’s Executive Engineer Malik Mohamad Anwar said that the water level is increasing and there is a low level flood in Head Islam. But the situation is said to be under control.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • rehan
    Aug 29, 2010 - 3:01PM

    Shabash India..AMAN KI AASHARecommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 3:03PM

    India has no other option.Recommend

  • Eeman Saleem
    Aug 29, 2010 - 4:05PM

    They’re doing their routinely job. Recommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 4:17PM

    Whats the point of getting worked up at India? If the Sutlej is over flowing what else are they going to do? Might as well blames Galgit Baltistan for the floods in Sindh, GB should be blamed for “releasing” water downstreamRecommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 4:59PM

    Infact our feudal doing the same, they are diverting water from their villages to others. They are no worse than India. Recommend

  • Hina
    Aug 29, 2010 - 5:37PM

    Thanks for the the extra water. Don’t think we have enough in Pk already…… Much appreciate the aid also. So generous of you being our neighbour and all.Recommend

  • Usama
    Aug 29, 2010 - 6:06PM

    When they block water we complain. When they release water we complain. Why can’t we realize that the fault lies within ourselves. If we had done some planning and built some dams these problems would never have occurred!! So stop blaming it on India just as Tanzeel says our feudals are no worse than India!!Recommend

  • stefen
    Aug 29, 2010 - 6:34PM

    What is the problem with pakistan? You guys just sit together and decide whether India is stealing your water or flooding your rivers.Stop Blaming India for all your Ills.It is a routine procedure when Ravi, Sutlej and Beas overflows , water is released towards pakistan by intimating relevant Pakistani authorities.Recommend

  • Malik
    Aug 29, 2010 - 7:18PM

    We can’t blame India for this. The past two days I have been seeing reports on Geo News and Dunya that water in the Indian dams is at the danger level mark and they have given the Pakistani authorities information that they are going to release water in the next 48 hours. Pakistani authorities said they were trying to make people leave the area.

    If India didn’t release the water and say the dam is breached it would have flooded entire Azad Kashmir and Punjab and then we would have been in real trouble.Recommend

  • shams khan
    Aug 29, 2010 - 8:39PM

    I am astonished call 30,000 -50,000 Cuseces water in Sutlej river as flood ????? This is dried up river thanks to 1960 water treaty.
    the release of water in sutlej is blessing for bone dry river bed for last 15 years. is this the standard of reporting by express news. Sutlej can accomodate 80,000 to 150,000 cusecs of water in its riverbed.
    just as down stream people suffering down Gandasing wala water it mean to see dry riverRecommend

  • Saad Khalique
    Aug 29, 2010 - 9:39PM

    Shouldnt the report also identify WHY India did this? Was it malice? Was it part of a previous agreement? Were they themselves in danger of being flooded?Recommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 9:51PM

    yah but if i made out a house in a road knowing that it is a road then drivers of vehicles would have not any option other then to over role and crash me sutlej is river in which after 1988 flood the poeople have made out there home and started to cultivate the river land so what will be happened all of us very well knowing Recommend

  • sundar
    Aug 29, 2010 - 10:05PM

    Thanks for understanding India’s problem. Majority of us urging the govt. to help the affected Pakistanis. Our beef with the Pakistani establishment will not come in the way. It is nice to see atleast some of the Pakistanis see the wider picture and not blame India for everything. Recommend

  • asif
    Aug 29, 2010 - 10:18PM

    what a ridiculous piece of reporting. no cause, no background no nothing. unbelievable this is the main item on this site and the match-fixing is nowhere, and neither is the ACTUAL flood situation anywhere as prominent. dawn hasn’t even bothered putting this on their main homepage there are so many more important things going on than whining about india; unn se kuch seekho pleaseRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 29, 2010 - 10:38PM

    Indian has offered US$ 5 million aid for the flood victims.

    By releasing more water into Sutlej, India want that more damage should be done to Pakistan so that India should offer more aid to Pakistan.

    A good idea for offering more finaicial aid. Recommend

  • Habiba Younis
    Aug 29, 2010 - 10:49PM

    The water on Indian dams was above the danger point and they DID inform pak about the water diversion scene beforehand. Its our own stupidity that even in so many years we didn’t “realize” that there is something called dams and water control networks over rivers which control such situations. water direction of rivers is from india to pak and its a common knowledge since decades that when they get overflowed there is no choice but to flow down the water. Dont tell me u heard it for the first time! what should they do, flood themselves? or is it india who should built dams and water channeling networks on our land? Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 29, 2010 - 11:04PM

    I was expecting very negative comments about India in the comment section. Good to see that they understand that Pakistan’s biggest enemy is itself. Recommend

  • javed malik
    Aug 30, 2010 - 3:27AM

    i am requesting to all be positive and think positive. if india release water, large area of india itself will be effected. if you all know about facts please visit the satlej river and let me know where you found the water from last five years, please this river is too much shortage of water from many years. the water level in surrounding areas is decrese in many places specially bahawalpur division.
    you know that may excess of water will effect the life but without water there is no life. this river is last line of defence against cholistan(rohi) desert and due to shortage of water surrounding areas are badly effected by desertification.
    it impacted on peoples economic condition as well as socialy,culturaly and traditionly.
    please if india relaes some water even access water, it is belssing for our peoples.Recommend

  • JK
    Aug 30, 2010 - 5:12AM

    When i read the headline, i was expecting to see the usual India bashing in the comment section. Glad to know that the people of Pakistan started to realize the actual situation and stopped blaming India blindly.
    I still believe that the major reason why most of the people hate India this much is because of the media. Recommend

  • curious
    Aug 30, 2010 - 10:17AM

    Shameful if true. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Aug 30, 2010 - 11:43AM

    why india makes dam on rivers flowing towards pakistan??? why india wants to control pakistani water? Recommend

  • kamal
    Aug 30, 2010 - 1:29PM

    Dear Adnan,India is making dam so that it can be used for electricity and they do’nt ve to face the flood.Just think,if Pakistan would have made some dams they could have been saved from this flood to some extent.Whether you want to suggest that simply because pakistan is not able to build dam,India should also not do so and keep itself vulnerable to flood.Recommend

  • Riaz Missen
    Aug 30, 2010 - 8:35PM

    Sutlej has the capacity to carry 200, 000 cusecs of water. That it has not carried flood since many years has pushed the water table in Bahawalpur down making in some areas of the city brackish. The constant pumping of ground water has made problem more complicated as water born diseases are on the rise and the share of expenditure on health is increasing

    Regarding floods in Indian Punjab with merely 30,000 cusecs must be seen in the context that people have encroached the bed and damage is being done due to water not finding a way out.

    Water release by India should be welcome and the government of Pakistan should ask India to release enough water in the flood season to keep water table dwonstream recharched regularly. No international law allows diverting rivers to the extent that the flow pattern is affected. The same should also apply to India as well. No politics when ecology and environement is in question. Recommend

  • sahil
    Aug 31, 2010 - 1:15AM

    Now India is also responsible for floods in Pakistan? Now what next? Maye India is also responsible for the match fixing scandal. I wont be surprised if someone accuses India of planting devices in Mohammed Amir’s foot so that he oversteps and bowls no balls, which is remote controlled by Indians.Recommend

  • Vish
    Aug 31, 2010 - 12:40PM

    Yeh aman ki asha

    India [ Images ] would provide an additional aid of $ 25 million to flood-hit Pakistan, Union External Affairs Minister S M Krishna [ Images ] announced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday morning.

    The aid would be routed through United Nations and World Food Programme missions in the flood ravaged country, Krishna added.

    India has already provided $ 5 million as initial aid, which Pakistan accepted after much dilly-dallying.

    Massive floods choked nearly one fifth of Pakistan a month back, killing nearly 1,600 people and displacing 20 million more.Recommend

  • Eeman
    Aug 31, 2010 - 2:30PM

    Everything India do is often decrypt negatively. Even if they sneeze, we think they’re, along with Israel, weaving some conspiracy against Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Recommend

  • rabia
    Sep 5, 2010 - 4:58AM

    plz pakistani govt make dams as i was luaghed at president statement who said few days ago that the houses are developed with new technology inn affected areas he will be ashmed of not asking that we built damsRecommend

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