Flash flooding expected in tributaries of Rivers Indus, Kabul

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has said that flash flooding was expected in the tributaries of Rivers Kabul and Indus during the next 48 hours

Flood Forecasting Division (FFD)

NOWSHERA – The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has said that flash flooding was expected in the tributaries of Rivers Kabul and Indus during the next 48 hours.

Severe flash flooding was also expected in Hill Torrents of D.G. Khan Division (Sori Lund, Vidore, Sakhi Sarwar, Sanghar, Vohava, Kaura & Mithawan) including Rivers/ Nullahs of Balochistan from 16th to 19th August 2022, said the daily report of FFD here Monday.

At present River, Indus is flowing in the “Medium Flood” at Taunsa with a water discharge of 268,000 cusecs due to heavy flows generated by the hill torrents while it is in “Low Flood” at Guddu and Kotri with normal flows at its remaining control structures.

All other main rivers of the Indus River System (Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, and Sutlej) are discharging normal flows.

The combined live storage of the country’s three major reservoirs (Tarbela, Chashma & Mangla) is 8.389 million acre-feet (MAF).

Yesterday’s well-marked low over North Orrisa (India) has moved in West Northwestwards direction and lies over North Chhattisgarh (India) and adjoining areas as Depression.

Another well-marked low earlier over North Arabian Sea has weakened into a Low and lies over 100 km South of Karachi. Trough of Westerly Wave continues to prevail over Northern parts of Afghanistan with Seasonal Low lies over Northwestern Balochistan.

Moderate to strong moist currents both from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are penetrating into the lower half of Pakistan up to 7000 feet while moderate to strong moist currents alone are also penetrating into the upper half of Pakistan up to 7000 feet.

Scattered to widespread thunderstorm/rain of moderate to heavy intensity with isolated very heavy falls are expected over Islamabad, Punjab (Rawalpindi Division), and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar, Kohat & Bannu Divisions) including upper catchments of Rivers Kabul & Indus during the next 24 hours.

For the same time period, scattered to widespread thunderstorm/rain of moderate intensity with isolated heavy falls may also occur over Punjab (Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur & D.G. Khan Divisions), Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (D.I. Khan Division), Eastern & Coastal Balochistan and upper catchments of Rivers Jhelum, Chenab & Ravi, besides isolated thunderstorm/rain over rest of the country.

Moderate to strong monsoon activity is likely to continue over Islamabad, Rawalpindi Division of Punjab, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu & D.I. Khan Divisions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including upper catchments of Rivers Kabul, Indus, Jhelum, Chenab & Ravi during the next 48 hours.

(Source: National print and online media with input from social media and local sources)

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