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Alert In Punjab as Bhakra Dam Releases ..

Torrential Rain Alert Issued In Punjab

Bhakra Beas Management Board opened the floodgates of the Bhakra Dam after the reservoir touched the 1,674-foot mark.

Water can be stored in the reservoir up to 1,685 feet only.

Amid forecast of heavy rain in the catchment area of the Sutlej, the authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of the excess water out of the total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates.

The water entered agricultural fields and flooded houses in Laudhipur and Dasgrain villages.

Rains lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, and Chandigarh.

 

People living near the Sutlej River and low-lying areas have been advised to be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves.

The situation turned more alarming with the rising water level of the Swan River, a tributary of the Sutlej.

Sources said the Bhakra Beas Management Board had been releasing 40,000 cusecs in the Sutlej and the remaining water was being discharged in canals.

Rupnagar

Due to heavy rainfall have turned floods, the rivers and rivulets are in full flow in Rupnagar and overflowed water has flooded houses.

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Late night, the water has entered Rupnagar grain market and Basant Nagar and the areas adjoining it.

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According to the people in the area, nothing concrete for actually helping the flood-affected people.

There are reports that if and the rain continues like this, then there are amid fears of the dam collapse, which can make the situation worse.

Rupnagar flood

 

Punjab CM updated people through his twitter handle as the India Meteorological Department forecasts heavy downpour in the catchment area in the coming days.

 

The rise in water flow in the Swan, coming from neighbouring Una district in HP and merging with the Sutlej near Anandpur Sahib, may cause flooding in the area.

Incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, closing of hydropower projects and release excess water from a dam in Himachal Pradesh.

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