The Kotri Barrage is preparing for high flood peak after reaching high flood level on Friday evening before the flow is released for the Indus delta downstream.
A huge flood of 560,000 cusecs would pass through Kotri Barrage today after causing extensive destruction and fatalities in various regions of Sindh, Punjab, and other parts of the country, according to the in-charge of the Sukkur Barrage control room.
As the reservoir received flows of 600,000 cusecs of water from Taunsa Barrage, Sukkur Barrage was under high flood, according to the official.
He insisted that throughout the course of the previous 24 hours, 29,000 cusecs of water were added to the reservoir.
All canals coming from the barrage have been closed for an unknown amount of time due to the anticipated flood, he added.
Upstream flow was measured at 559,998 cusecs, while downstream flow was also measured at 559,998 cusecs, according to the official.
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He continued that the Kotri Barrage was in the path of the high flood.
At 6 a.m. today, the Kotri Barrage had an inflow of 513669 cusecs upstream and 503464 cusecs downstream, according to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD).
A twitter user said that through Kotri, the flood water can finally discharge into the Arabian sea.
Half a million cusec flood water has passed through #Taunsa and Sukhar Barrage and on it's way to hit Kotri Barrage. The good thing is that #Kotri can successfully pass a peak of upto 0.87 million cusec. Let's hope for this flood water to eventually discharge to the Arabian Sea. pic.twitter.com/EQyDyLMwIj
— Adil Sattar (@adilsattar993) September 3, 2022
Floods continue to wreak havoc
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the total number of fatalities since June is 1,033. In particular, it warned of “extremely high” level flooding in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and Kalabagh and Chashma in Punjab province along the Kabul and Indus Rivers.
As severe rains continue to lash sections of the country, many areas remain underwater, especially the southern provinces of Balochistan, KP, and Sindh. There have been at least 347 fatalities in Sindh, 238 in Balochistan, and 226 in KP.
The Indian subcontinent’s yearly monsoon is necessary for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams, but it also brings a wave of devastation each year. Some places experienced 600% more precipitation this year than usual. More than 809,000 hectares (two million acres) of arable land have been devastated, along with 3,451 kilometres (2,150 miles) of roads and 149 bridges, according to the NDMA.