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Flood alert as Bhakra level rises
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 5
Keeping in view the possibility of heavy floods in the Sutlej and other seasonal rivulets, the district administration today sounded a flood alert in all the villages and other important places situated along the river. The water level of the Bhakra Dam stood at 1677 ft today, just 3 ft short of the optimum level (1680).

The continuous rainfall in the district and upper parts of Himachal, coupled with the water being released from the Bhakra Dam every day would add to the Sutlej fury.

Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, said the possibility of floods could not be ruled out in the Sutlej and the seasonal rivulets, including Sawan, Budki and Siswan, passing through the district.

In all the villages situated along river and important places like railway lines, bridges, power house and water headworks, villagers and officials have been ordered to keep patrolling round the clock.

The situation is grim here as in the past few years the villagers have encroached on the river land for residential and agriculture purposes. So even a flow of 50,000 cusecs in the river could prove dangerous in the low-lying areas.

A mini flood could be declared when the Sutlej water reached 75,000 cusecs and heavy flood when level of the flow reached above 1.5 lakh cusec.

So far the situation is normal. The inflow in the Bhakra Dam today was 20,225 cusec and the outflow in downstream was 17, 083. 

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