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Irsa slashes Sindh, Punjab water share by 5 percent

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Indus River System Authority (Irsa) have been compelled to reduce the share of Sindh and Punjab by 5% as water levels in the reservoirs have started falling again. 

Sindh’s share has been reduced from 149,000 cusecs to 130,000 cusecs. Meanwhile, Punjab’s water supply has been cut from 125,000 cusecs to 106,000 cusecs.  

The shortfall is likely to increase in the coming days if the inflow of water does not increase. 

According to the spokesperson for WAPDA, the inflow of water in Tarbela Dam was 110,400 cusecs and the outflow 131,700 cusecs. Similarly, the inflow at Mangla Dam was 39,400 cusecs and it had an outflow of 49,000 cusecs. 

The water inflow in Chashma Barrage was 179,500 cusecs and the outflow was 175,000 cusecs. The inflow in Chenab River at Head Marala was 31,300 cusecs and the outflow was 5,000 cusecs. Meanwhile, the inflow in Kabul River in Nowshera was 42,000 cusecs while the outflow was recorded at 42,000 cusecs.

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On Monday, the water storage in Tarbela was 700,500 acre feet, while the water storage in Mangla on Tuesday stood at 1.9 million acre feet. 

Moreover, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had recently warned that drought-like conditions prevailing in parts of Sindh and Balochistan might aggravate. 

The warning has been issued in view of overall below than average rainfall recorded in the country from October last year to May 21. 

“The country received 36.1% less rainfall than usual,” it read, adding that Sindh recorded 64.5% less rainfall than usual, while Balochistan saw 59.5% below usual rainfall. 

Kashmir received 37.7% less rainfall, while Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab received 20.4% less rainfall. 

However, the rainy season in west to south-west districts of Balochistan is over now and no significant rainfall is expected until November.  

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