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Here’s Why Pakistan’s Second-Biggest Dam’s Water Level Is Always Dropping

The second-largest reservoir in the nation, Mangla Dam, was discovered to be continuously drying out due to the intermittent snowfall that has been reported on different Himalayan peak regions, which has caused a drop in the flow of water in the rivers and a fall in the dam’s water level.

On Tuesday, government sources indicated that the Mangla Dam in the AJK district of Mirpur had a reported water level of 1100.90 feet, a maximum conservation level of 1242 feet, and a live storage capacity of 0.406 MAF in the reservoir.

The sources emphasised that on February 24, 2023, the reservoir’s water level was recorded to be 1114.75 feet, compared to the maximum conservation level of 1242 feet.

The inflow and outflow at the rivers Indus at Tarbela, the Kabul at Nowshera, the Jhelum at Mangla, the Chenab at Marala, and the Khairabad Bridge, respectively, remained at 22300 and 43000 cusecs, 9300 and 9300 cusecs, 14100 and 14100 cusecs, and 9600 and 3000 cusecs.

The inflow and outflow at Jinnah Barrage were also measured at 43300 and 38300 cusecs, respectively, as were those at Chashma, Taunsa, Guddu, 49200 and 37800 cusecs, Sukkur, 29000 and 7000 cusecs, Kotri, 7600 and nil cusecs, Trimmu, 2200 and nil cusecs, and Panjnad, 3700 and nil cusecs.

At Tarbela, the current level is 1431.95 feet, the maximum conservation level is 1550 feet, and the current live storage is 0.611 million acre-feet. The minimum operational level is 1398 feet (MAF), Mangla: The live storage level today is 0.406 MAF, the minimum working level is 1050 feet, the current level is 1100.90 feet, and the maximum conservation level is 1242 feet. Chashma; the current level is 641.20 feet, the maximum conservation level is 649 feet, and the live storage level is 0.044 MAF. The minimum operational level is 638.15 feet.

While the other flows were measured at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the inflows and outflows of the River Indus at Tarbela, Jinnah, and Chashma, the River Kabul at Nowshera, and the River Jhelum at Mangla have been recorded as mean flows of 24 hours.

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