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High floods likely in Chenab, Jhelum in 36 hours




Water flows in Rivers Chenab and Jhelum are likely to cross the high flood mark in the next 36 hours, officials of the Meteorological Department warned here on Sunday evening. 

It said that the latest meteorological analysis suggested that widespread thunderstorms/rains with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfalls, at times extremely heavy falls (possibility of hailstorm at a few places), are expected over upper catchments of Rivers Ravi ,Chenab and Jhelum and North-Northeast Punjab (Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Rawalpindi divisions). Experts at the Flood Forecasting division said that River Chenab crossed high flood mark after water flow surges past 225,000 cusecs at canal head works in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Jhang and Multan districts. 

High flood in River Jhelum also occurs when the water flow crosses 225,000 cusecs at Mangla Dam. They said that a high flood situation in River Jhelum “is very good for the country’s water economy since (water level at) Mangla Dam is still 45 feet below its maximum level of 1,242 feet”. The upgraded dam can store about 2 MAF flood water in its reservoir. 

WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY 

Widespread Rain-Thunder-shower with isolated heavy falls expected in Punjab and Kashmir, while Scattered rain/thundershower is likely in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan 

Scattered thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over Kashmir, North & Northeast Punjab.Scattered thunderstorm /rain is also expected over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Northeast Balochistan ,South and Central Punjab 

Weather Last 24 hrs:Rain/thundershower occurred at scattered places in Punjab and Peshawar and Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. 

RAINFALL (in milimetres) RECORDD AT 1700 PST DURING LAST 24 HOURS: Mianwali=65mm, Toba Tek Singh & Faisalabad=26mm (each), Sargodha=20mm, Jhang= 17mm, Kotli=16mm, Peshawar city=10mm, Islamabad A/P, Jhang and mandi Bahauddin= 6mm (each), Lahore city& A/P=5mm (each), Shorkot= 4mm, Johrabad, Bahawalnagar and Bannu=3mm (each), Islamabad Z/P, Peshawar city and Okara=2mm (each), Kakul, Rawalakot and Muzaffarabad=1 mm (each), Skardu=Trace. 

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