Torrential Rain Alert Issued In PunjabBhakra 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. Due to heavy rainfall have turned floods, the rivers and rivulets are in full flow in Rupnagar and overflowed water has flooded houses. Late night, the water has entered Rupnagar grain market and Basant Nagar and the areas adjoining it. According to the people in the area, nothing concrete for actually helping the flood-affected people.
Impact of heavy rains in catchment areas of rivers is being closely monitored. All DCs have been directed to keep contingency plans ready. Minor flooding has been reported in some areas of village Burj and NDRF has been summoned. Likely to reach Ropar in the next 2 hours.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 17, 2019
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.
As per the Meteorological Department, Punjab may witness heavy rainfall in the next 48-72 hours.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 16, 2019
Have directed all DCs & senior officials to be ready on war footing to deal with the situation on ground. #DisasterManagement Group has been activated to take precautionary measures.