India releases water into River Sutlej, worsens flood in nearby villages

Published: August 18, 2013
Flooding along the river Sutlej. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Flooding along the river Sutlej. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: Over one hundred thousand cusecs of water will pass through Head Ganda Singh within 18 hours — a record amount since the last 25 years, reported Express News.

India released water into River Sutlej for the second time despite flooding in nearby villages. As a result, villages located by the river bank will most likely be destroyed completely while more than 50 villages near the river will suffer damage.

These villages are being evacuated by rescue teams and the residents are being taken to relief camps on higher ground.

Spillways have been opened in Tarbela dam to reduce the height of the water.

The flood in River Ravi has so far deluged 17 villages including Dalwan, Chishtian, Hashim Chakreeb, Jungle Seet and Bhopri in Mian Channu. Some of the villagers have alleged that not opening the gates of Head Sidhnai could have saved them by causing water level in the river to fall but this was not done.

In Kasur, crops over hundreds of acres of land have been damaged and several villages inundated due to flood in River Sutlej. The flood has so far affected Ganda Singhwala, Bhikki Wind, Gitti Kalunger, Nagar Aimen, Mahiwala, Talwar Post, Basti Bangladesh and Bilalwala.

The health, livestock and other departments concerned have set up camps to vaccinate livestock.

The Khanewal district administration has said that it is prepared to deal with any emergency in Kabirwala and Mian Channu in case of a flood.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Pakistani
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:24PM

    let’s stop complaining about india and build some dams.
    It’s basic stupid logic, if you need to reserve water, you need to build some stupid dams.
    It rain every year and we have the same problem every year. but every year we either blame India or the weather God.
    For God Sake, come to life and build some dams.


  • Kaleem
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:28PM

    India release water in Sutlej, and Pakistan releasing 300+ indians on humanitarian grounds, all such grounds apply to us. Bravo NS!


  • Silas
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Do they release these on purpose when we are in flood or because they are also in flood .


  • carefree
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:45PM

    We didn’t know we have the power to destroy villages just by releasing waters.


  • Informer
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:50PM

    What more can you expect!Recommend

  • mind control
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:56PM

    India releases water into River Sutlej

    Hafiz Saeed Khush Huwa.

    He has forced the Indians to release the water they had ‘stolen’ from Pakistan.


  • Taimoor
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:13PM

    We make plans to release their prisoners, and they release water to worsen our floods. What a friendly and considerate neighbor we have!


  • Ibrahim
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:16PM

    We need Dams.


  • Aug 18, 2013 - 3:18PM

    I am going to bookmark this and show it to any Pakistani, who between Feb to June will claim, as usual, that India is stealing the water(a tune which suddenly changes to “India is flooding Pakistan between June to September”. Winter is break time. You cannot infiltrate during then, you see, waste of energy).


  • RAW is WAR
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:20PM

    You wanted water, right?


  • Ammar
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Now its the time all the Indians will bang ET with hatred comments and ET(as always) will welcome them…:)


  • Khan
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Pakistan should have system to consume this water and produce more energy, but our rulers are culprit and stupid.


  • Murthy
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:32PM

    I don’t know whether there is any flood-alert warning system in place during heavy rains from the Indian side so that people downstream can be prepared. If there has been no system in place already, it is high time it was done. This should have nothing to do with border skirmishes and disputes. Droughts and floods are neither man-made nor controllable by man.


  • PAKhtoon
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:34PM

    “” Pakistan has decided to release more than 300 Indians detained in Pakistani jails as an act of goodwill “”
    ” India released water into River Sutlej for the second time despite flooding in nearby villages”
    What a slap in Nawaz Government face, these Indians always prove Pak Army right.


  • Jat
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:44PM

    What a load of uneducated gibberish ! If it is raining heavily, the water will flow downstream – India can only store as much water as is the capacity of its dams and barrages.

    Great job on headlines, ET. You can now consider yourself to be as patriotic as Hafiz Saeed.


  • S Iqbal
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Why would they release it intentionally- in fact they would be keeping it for draught. I think the only reason why they release it is that they are in floods as well. Our government is trying to hide its own failing by claiming it on cross border. If they release water its a problem, if they dont release it its a problem. Our corrupt politicians do not care a dime for the people- they should build some dams and protect lives of poor Pakistanis.


  • dude
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:13PM

    don’t you know why your govt released Indian prisoners? in order to calm Indian army. guess why


  • Aug 18, 2013 - 4:18PM

    If the rain continues there will be more water coming in the downstream . the small dams built by India can hold a specific quantity of water and beyond that either you release the water in a planned manner or excess water may cause hole or spill or break a portion of dam resulting in flash flood in villages adjacent to the rivers . such flash flood will create havoc and cause more damage to the crop, property, houses, livestock and human life. Hence the planned release of water with prior information to Pakistani authorities so that adequate safety steps can be taken proactively. India did release water in sutler and Ravi earlier in this month with advance information to Pakistan.
    Pakistan should build dam on the rivers up stream which will help energy production and irrigation. This aspect have been ignored by all concerned or even opposed with short sighted ness.


  • Arindom
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:23PM

    I thought they wanted the water?????


  • Water Bottle
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Such sensational headlines won’t help.

    Many learned people in Pakistan have written that India has never violated the Indus water treaty.

    If such an action has been taken, then one should see the reasons behind it.

    And also find out what kind of talks have gone into it and if this violated any treaty.

    It’s important that the whole truth be revealed instead of selective ones.

    Also, for god’s sakes, build some dams.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:00PM

    Dude we are also flooding as well.


  • Pashtunyar
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:09PM

    You can of course do both at different times of the year!


  • dev maiti
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:13PM

    It is high time people start looking at accountability of their own governments. India has no desire to purposefully use water as a tool to punish Pakistan. Pakistanis should at-least take a look at what is behind the release before accusing India blindly.


  • Aug 18, 2013 - 5:21PM


    Petition nature to give more water during Summer.. We can’t help much.. Sorry..


  • Jibran
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:27PM

    What’s the difference? Pakistan did the same during last floods. As a result, there was massive flooding in the areas surrounding the dams, and of course down stream. Dams don’t solve the problem unless used wisely.


  • vasan
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Very simple guys, Pak is running out of foreign reserves and hence cannot import oil. But fortunately they have invented the magic car that runs on water. India is helping by releasing more water so that the “Water car” will not run out water. Get it ?


  • Last Word
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Damned you do, damned you don’t.


  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 18, 2013 - 6:04PM

    I am neither an Indian nor am I a Pakistani. And neither am I a Hindu nor a Muslim.

    I am a simple homeless human who is, since thousands of years, on the run from the man-created poverty, man-created religions and man-created nationalities.

    Before you show your hypocritical mercy for the poor and destitute, have mercy with yourself!

    The Victims of Human Decadence


  • Zoro
    Aug 18, 2013 - 6:22PM

    I have heard that “You can fool some people some time” BUT “You cant fool all the people all the time ”
    Here in Pakistan “You can fool all the people all the time”….
    Common sense ha s gone to dogs !!!


  • Ram Ram
    Aug 18, 2013 - 6:22PM



  • Aug 18, 2013 - 6:49PM

    It is sad to see some people rejoicinng :(


  • Singh
    Aug 18, 2013 - 7:11PM

    @goggi (Lahore):
    Beautiful. Ilike your thought.


  • James
    Aug 18, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Every dam has a danger level.Once the water reaches this level,the water has to be released,or else there is a danger of the dam wall breaching.What happens if the dam wall is damaged.There will be vast flooding and maybe loss of life in Pakistan.So the engineers who monitor the water level will release the water if the level approaches the danger mark.Whitesky has explained the situation very well,but he has got only 11 recommendations.Shows the lack of common sense from the Pakistani readers


  • sherrry
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:03PM

    that is right but you cant justify indian action on this logic


  • sundeep
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:21PM

    @Kaleem: So where should India release water ? to Delhi. If it rains and river flow is towards Pakistan then India will release water towards Pakistan. Stop blaming India


  • SHB
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:26PM

    Pakistan should build dam.
    Pakistan must not allow people to settle or build homes in the area where water can come during flood season. This way there will be no loss of life or personal property . Before we blame India we must take preventive and right steps.
    Historically every four to five yrs, we run into this kind of situation. We must take the corrective measures and set our own house in order.


  • Luciferous
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Of course selling Pakistani rivers to India for $$s has nothing to do with the current situation!!!
    Oh well at least a handful of Jama’at Ali Shahs of Pakistan bureaucracy are living happily ever-after in North America and EU!!


  • nishantpatwari
    Aug 18, 2013 - 9:00PM

    no et not even u,,don’t talk like hafiz saaeed,,if dam are broken water will eventually flow down to pak…hv sm commn sense or it is to increase you sales


  • Asad
    Aug 18, 2013 - 9:02PM

    India has to, we should make dams.


  • Asad
    Aug 18, 2013 - 9:08PM

    I think media should not sensationalize this. We have to build dams seriously..


  • Farooq Kahlon
    Aug 18, 2013 - 9:15PM

    I guess it’s right India releases water only when she can’t hold it any longer ‘but pakistan should. Build dams earliest possible


  • Insaan
    Aug 18, 2013 - 10:05PM

    India is also taking out electricity and sending phoka pani into Pakistan.


  • Gp65
    Aug 18, 2013 - 10:22PM



    When water rises very high, it has to be released. This also happens within the dams in Pakistan. Pakistan wants that when there is too my ch water, India should bear 100% of the flooding and when there is a drought, India should bear 100% of the shortage. It does not work that way. Both countries need to deal with too much water and inadequate water. This illogical blaming of India needs to stop.


  • truthbetold
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:19PM

    Here is some food for thought.

    One way to minimize the flooding in Pakistan is for Pakistan to allow India to build more upstream dams (outside of the Indus treaty) and store water when there is a flood situation in Pakistan. On these special dams, India will be able to store water only when Pakistan asks India to do so. Such an agreement can be added as an amendment to the Indus treaty.


  • Alann
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:22PM

    Pakistan’s National Assembly should totally pass a resolution against India releasing water condemning this act and declaring it as an act against Muslims.
    It should also pass a resolution to allocate more funds to officials so they can make frequent trips to Saudi Arabia and China and ask (cough) for money to buy properties in the United Kin…oops I meant to say, to build dams.


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:57PM

    Pakistani leadership at least now stop accusing India of releasing water to Pakistan & blame your some corrupt,bad & loose character politicians who have been and till now are opposing dams’ constructions in Pakistan to lighten up their political shop on dams’ construction & also making dams’ construction issues the matter of life & death for themselves & unfortunately couldn’t construct dams in Pakistan.This is why Pakistan faces severe damages,losses and economic problems during floods.Construct dams..Recommend

  • Bala
    Aug 19, 2013 - 1:54AM

    Wrong information! Accordingly to Indus water treaty, India can only construct run-of-water? dams, if India is not allowed to store water…how can it release them ???

    Wrong news …ET please investigate and put out proper news


  • 1984
    Aug 19, 2013 - 2:21AM

    So now Pakistanis are angry with us because we released water into Pakistan….

    I propose a solution for this…We will divert the five rivers of Punjab to Rajasthan and then it passes Gujarat and all the way to Arabian Sea…

    In this way,we can not only prevent Pakistan from flooding,but also irrigate the dry Rajasthan and Rann of Kutch…..

    Problem solved for both the countries !!!!


  • Suraj
    Aug 19, 2013 - 3:11AM

    India should build additional dams and protect our neighbors from floods.. India should not play with the lives of people…aka muslims


  • Gp65
    Aug 19, 2013 - 5:24AM


    Please read what your own Vice marshal has to say.

    Jamaat Ali Shah did not sell Pakistan’s interests. He was chased out of Pakistan because he spoke the truth. There have been other cases which have been taken to arbitration even after Jamat Ali Shah was chased out and Pakistan did not win those suits. Please read about his plight here instead of making these lazy accusations.

    In any case national assets cannot be sold by any individuals. Tomorrow if I o to someone and say I want to sell the Taj Mahal, no one will buy it from me.

    Very disappointed by this headline by ET which is so misleading. Yes when water goes above the danger mark it has to be released. To imply that this was done with diabolical intent. To hurt Pakistan is simply irresponsible. Had the water not been released and dam been breached, much more destruction would visit the same Pakistanis.

    Also it is Pakistan that prevents India from building greater storage capacity. If India does not have storage capacity, it has no choice but to release water.


  • sabi
    Aug 19, 2013 - 7:14AM

    ”Very disappointed by this headline by ET which is so misleading.”
    The whole of Pakistan is not what is portrayed in media.Such news don’t stir anger as people know its act of nature and India has no control on nature like anyone.I don’t think this headline is misleading.Every years there is flood in these rivers and haven’t seen people complaining against India for floods in their rivers.ET knows ground realities there is nothing to worry about.


  • James
    Aug 19, 2013 - 9:16AM

    Once you take out electricity,the water becomes magnetized.Drinking magnetized water is good for health.First have to make sure your poles N &S are aligned.


  • Kiran
    Aug 19, 2013 - 11:38AM

    Well…. nothing unexpected from India ….After what india has done to bangladesh rivers…nothing unexpected…..


  • Khurram
    Aug 19, 2013 - 6:58PM

    The situation suggests not to build only Kala Bagh Dam but also to build Lal, Peela, Hara, and neela Dams


  • Kashmiri
    Aug 19, 2013 - 7:51PM

    We must talk about Kashmir ,kashmir is the main issue


  • Ijaz
    Aug 20, 2013 - 2:23PM

    @ kashmiri

    Our stupid media is only concerned about irrelevent issues like Musharraf etc

    The main issue is Masal-e-Kashmir and till the then no peace

    Asad, we must talk about Kashmir with these clever neighbours

    this is an attempt to divert attention from Kashmir


  • Vishnu Dutta
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:44PM


    India stealing water?? Thats a new one. How do they do it? Like have they been sending tankers to steal water from pakistani lakes and dams?


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