Flood looms in Indus, Sutlej rivers as India releases water

Flood looms in Indus, Sutlej rivers as India releases water

ISLAMABAD (News Lab) – India, in its latest act of aggression against Pakistan, has opened three out of five spillways of the Ladakh Dam without any prior notice to the relevant authorities in Pakistan.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has warned about flooding in the nearby settlements.

A red alert has been issued to the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority and the administration of all the districts along the Indus River as the released water will enter into the Indus River at Kharmung area.

According to NDMA spokesperson, the fear of flooding has been raised as two lakh cusecs of water has been released from Indian Punjab without any notification.

According to NDMA, 150,000 to 200,000 cusecs water from Indian Punjab will be spilled into Ganda Singh Wala – a border village near Kasur, during next 12 to 24 hours.

Kasur district administration has been alarmed about the situation and has been ordered to take necessary measures in this regard.

On the other hand, according to concerned authorities, about 440,000 cusecs of water passing through the Indus River near Kot Mithan has been categorised as a ‘high-flood’ situation, officials said. Dozens of localities have been inundated due to flooding in Rajanpur area and hundreds of acres of cotton crop has been severely damaged.

India is bound to inform Pakistan from July 1 as per the agreement.

Under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty, India has to preschedule its spillway openings. PM Narendra Modi’s government has decided to suspend meetings of the Indus Water Commission, which was formed to resolve disputes over water sharing.