Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation. Tarbela Dam reached its maximum conservation level of 1,550 feet, but Mangla Dam is unlikely to arrive at capacity this year.
This means that the entire river flow of around 125,000 cubic seconds will be permitted to flow downstream as run of the river because Tarbela has reached its maximum live storage capacity of 5.882 million acre-feet (MAF).
It would mean that Sindh’s command region would have sufficient water storage for the forthcoming Rabi season in October but would fill Mangla dam to its maximum conservation level of 1,242 feet. On Wednesday, the water level at Mangla dam was 1,198 feet or 44 feet below its capacity. Therefore, it would imply that the Jhelum-Chenab stretch would be water scarcity during the Rabi season.
Mangla dam’s latest live storage capacity was 4.211MAF, more than 2MAF below its peak. On Wednesday, the country’s total live storage capacity, including the Chashma barrage, was 10.137MAF.
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A river flows in the Indus at Tarbela were 124,000 cusecs on Wednesday morning, compared to 90,900 cusecs outflows. The Kabul river flowed at 24,300 cusecs in Nowshera, while the Jhelum river flowed at 18,300 cusecs at Mangla, compared to discharges of 38000 cusecs. Chenab’s inflows at Marala were 44,100 cusecs, and outflows were 8,800 cusecs.
Inflows at Jinnah Barrage were reported to be 137,300 cusecs and at Chashma to be 152,100 cusecs. Taunsa received 158,100 cusecs of inflows against 138,400 cusecs of outflows, while Panjnad received 10,700 cusecs of inflows against 119,200 cusecs at Guddu. Sukkur Barrage reported inflows of 75,500 cusecs to flows of 28,200 cusecs, while Kotri reported 26,900 cusecs to discharges of merely 400 cusecs. Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation.
Tarbela dam’s minimum operational level is 1,392 feet, while Mangla dam’s minimum operating level is 1,050 feet.
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