ISLAMABAD - Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has closed Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal due to increase in the flow of water in River Chenab.

Quoting IRSA officials, a private TV channel reported that due to the closure of Chashma-Jhelum Link canal, 13,000 cusecs of water to Punjab has been stopped. The province’s requirement of water is being fulfilled from River Chenab. Water flow in Chenab has now reached 106,112 cusec and due to increase in water flow in Chenab, the flow from Tarbela has been reduced to 20,000 cusecs.

According to officials, Sindh is getting 184,000 cusecs; Punjab 155,000 cusecs; Balochistan 12,000 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 3,000 cusecs of water.

Meanwhile, a high-level flood is likely to occur in Chenab as heavy rains inundated several cities of Punjab.

According to meteorological department, medium-level flood occurred in Chenab at Head Marala with the discharge of over 200,000 cusecs of water at Head Khanki. Flood forecasting division predicted that Chenab was likely to attain a level of medium to high flood within next 24 hours. River Jhelum, too, was in low to medium flood at Mangla. The flood has been affecting nearly several villages alongside the river, adding most of the population had been evacuated from the riverbed in the wake of rain-triggered floods.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Flood Forecasting Cell (FFC) on Sunday reported low flood in rivers Kabul, Punjkora and Swat while other rivers in the province are flowing normal.

According to FFC spokesman, total water outflow in River Kabul at Warsak remained 42,000 cusecs, River Punjkora at Dir 19,685 cusecs and River Swat at Khayali 28,644 cusecs respectively.

The spokesman has urged people to contact the Cell, DCO Offices and PDMA for information and confirmation of news regarding floods and not pay attention to unconfirmed reports.