Punjab on full high alert as India has released floodwater into Ravi (3/cols-2\)

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Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: India on Monday released floodwater into River Ravi, almost two weeks after it discharged 225,000 cusecs water in River Chenab.

The Pakistan Indus Water Commission informed the relevant department that India opened the spillways of Ujh barrage after which 170,000 cusecs of water will enter Pakistan from India.

According to officials, Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued an alert to the relevant departments.

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) said that the water released by India in the Ravi River is expected to reach Jassar by midnight.

According to the FFD, there is a possibility of medium to high level flood in Ravi River and the possible flooding may affect other districts including Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura and Okara.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Punjab (PDMA) has also issued a flood warning in the Ravi River.

High flow in Ravi may cause flooding in rivers of Gujranwala, Lahore and Multan Divisions and water level may rise in rivers connected to Ravi which may cause flooding in the nearby areas, said the PDMA.

It also asked the district administration to remain cautious and keep machinery and other equipment in a state of readiness in view of emergency situation.

Meanwhile, 21 people who drowned in the flash floods of Taunsa have been rescued.