ISLAMABAD: The water level in Rawal Dam rose due to torrential rains across the country and in the city, due to which spillways have been opened. The dam management says that 6000 cusecs of water is being discharged from the spillway gate.
Earlier, the water level in Rawal Dam had exceeded 1751 feet due to which it was decided to open spillways. The district administration of Islamabad said that the spillways would be opened up to 1.5 feet at 11 o’clock on the morning of August 31.
In a message shared on social networking site Twitter, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat said that the spillways of Rawal Dam would be opened today. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat also directed the population in the low-lying areas and near the dam to remain alert as there is a possibility that water may come out of the banks of Sawan River due to discharge of water from spillways.
It may be recalled that the storage capacity of the Rawal Dam is 1752 feet. Sirens were sounded to alert citizens before the spillways were opened. On the other hand, according to the Meteorological Department, rain with strong winds and thundershowers is expected in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan today.
Heavy rains are also expected in Punjab, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Kashmir. The federal capital Islamabad received heavy rains last night and clouds in the morning. The Meteorological Department has forecast rain in Islamabad and Rawalpindi even today and tomorrow. Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan are also likely to receive showers with strong winds in most places.