KARACHI / LAHORE: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday warned of floods in the River Indus in Guddu and Sukkur as the death toll from the floods in upper Punjab rose to 264.
According to the NDMA, River Indus in Guddu is most likely to attain a very high flood level that will range between 600,000 to 700,000 Cusecs on September 15 and 16.
On the other hand, the hydrological condition of River Indus in Sukkur is also likely to attain the same flood level over the course of the same dates.
The NDMA added that Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Ghotki and Sukkur are likely to be affected by the upcoming floods.
The agency warns all people living in the areas to take necessary precautions.
River Chenab in Punjnad is likely to attain 600,000 cusecs to 700,000 cusecs, exceptionally high flood level between September 12 and September 15, with Trimmu witnessing a peak flood discharge of 800,000 cusecs over the next 24 hours.
As a result of this, districts of Toba Tek Singh, Khanewal, Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Multan are likely to be inundated.
The death toll from the floods also rose to 264 with 484 people injured. Nearly 1,919,793 people have been affected by the floods so far.
Mangla reaches capacity
Mangla reservoir attained its maximum storage level of 1242 feet above mean sea level for the first time after completion of Mangla Dam Raising Project in 2009.
The dam, the ninth largest in the world, had been raised by 30 feet in December 2009 which brought its storage level up to 1242 feet. Its storage capacity of 7.4 million acre feet (MAF) was raised by 2.88 MAF.
With completion of the raised Mangla Dam, the Mangla reservoir has become the biggest water reservoir in the country surpassing Tarbela, which has a storage capacity of 6.45 MAF.
The raised Mangla Dam has not only stored additional water but is also playing a pivotal role in mitigating the current flood by trimming peak water inflows.
It is also noteworthy that the Mangla Hydel Power System has generated 214 million units of electricity from September 1 to 9, 2014 as compared to 90 million units during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 124 million units in just nine days.