Water level in Tarbela, Mangla touches dead level

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ISLAMABAD: (APP) Water stored in both Tarbela and Mangla dams would reach the dead level in next 36 hours as country did not receive substantial rains in winter season.

According to Private News Channel, Tarbela dam is only five- feet away from its dead level whereas Mangla dam is only 10-feet away.

As many as 12 million acre-feet of water, equivalent to storage capacity of two big dams, has been wasted in year 2016-17.

Moreover, water scarcity during Rabi season has been recorded at 19 percent.

Amidst surging water crisis, Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has rung alarm bells for Punjab and Sindh in coming Kharif season. IRSA will now release 28, 000 cusecs of water for Punjab and Sindh on Thursday.

Earlier, water quantity released for both provinces stood at 32, 000 cusecs.

Sources of Ministry of Water and Power reveal storage capacity of Tarbela Dam has been chopped off to 30, 000 acre-feet whereas that of Mangla dam has been reduced to 40, 000 acre-feet.

Sources further narrate that water storage would drop to dead-level in both dams on Saturday.

IRSA Chairman Rao Irshad Ahmad informed that Kharif crops are likely to be hit by lingering canal water shortage. IRSA has summoned session of technical committee, comprising analysts from all four provinces, within next fifteen days in this regard.

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