Central Water Commission flood advisory for several states; cloudburst, flash floods likely in some hill districts in north

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NEW DELHI: The Central Water Commission Monday issued a flood advisory for several states, warning some hill districts in the north of likely flash floods and landslides, as heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in parts of the country and water level in rivers rises.

The advisory for Himachal Pradesh,

Punjab

, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh said there is likelihood of rise in water levels in rivers such as the Ganga, Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Ghaggar, Yamuna, Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Ramganga, Sarda, Sarju and Ghaghra due to a forecast of heavy to very rains there.

“There is likelihood of flashfloods in some of the hill districts in these states in association with cloudburst. Necessary precautions have to be taken for possible landslides and blockages of river flows due to landslides in high ranges of these states,” it said.

The advisory for

Odisha

,

Telangana

and Andhra Pradesh said heavy to very heavy with isolated extremely heavy falls are likely over Telangana, Vidarbha (Maharashtra) and Chhattisgarh during next 24 hours.

Due to the ongoing extremely heavy rainfall, the Godavari River is also getting good flows due to rain in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana, the advisory said.

The Polavaram project on Godavari in Andhra Pradesh is likely to get around 40,000 cumec (cubic metre per second) and Laxmi Barrage around 20,000 cumec till Monday night and is expected to rise in view of the rainfall forecast, it said.

The Indravati River is likely to rise in Dantewada, Narayanpur and Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh. while river Sabari is likely to rise rapidly in Koraput, Malkangiri districts of Odisha and in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh and east Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, it said.

The advisory for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa said there is likelihood of rise in water levels in the basins of lower Mahi, lower

Narmada

, lower Tapi and Damanganga.

Water level for Narmada, Tapi, Damanganga rivers are likely to rise rapidly due to rains which are predicted over next 4-5 days, it said.

Madhuban dam in Valsad District is likely to get heavy inflows. At present, the dam has storage of 67.09 per cent.

A close watch is to be maintained and release of water, if any has to be done, it should be with due care and after informing all downstream districts including Union Territory of Daman, the CWC said.

Other dams in this region such as Kadana Dam on river Mahi, Panam Dam on river Panam, Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada, Ukai Dam on river Tapi are also expected to get increased inflows.

The Hatnur Dam in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra is likely to get an inflow of around 1,505 cumec till Monday night and Ukai Dam is also expected to receive around 3,703 cumec till Tuesday morning.

“Due to the forecast of extremely heavy rain in their catchment, there is likelihood of sudden rise in inflows which may have to be regulated properly following the rule curves and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) after informing all downstream districts well in advance,” it said.

As the rainfall of higher intensity is likely to continue for at least 1-2 days, there is likelihood of rise in levels of rivers along the west coast in Maharasht

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