With the onset of heavy rain forecast, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered a warning of high alert on Friday across the state. IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) has earlier issued a warning of heavy rainfall forecast in coming two days.
As per the Meteorological Department, Punjab may witness heavy rainfall in the next 48-72 hours.
Have directed all DCs & senior officials to be ready on war footing to deal with the situation on ground. #DisasterManagement Group has been activated to take precautionary measures.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 16, 2019
Chief Minister also directed his officials to stay in their headquarters. He has also instructed field officers of Revenue, Drainage, Health, Food, and Animal Husbandry Departments to stay on alert. He called them to be ready with an immediate action plan for relief and rehabilitation measures in case any mishappening occurs.
He has directed all of his District Collectors & senior officials to be ready for dealing with the situation. Disaster Managemen Groups have also been activated to take precautionary measures for any contingency.
Owing to the rising water level in the water reservoir, Bhakra Beas Management Board opened all the flood gates of the Bhakra Dam to throw the water out of the reservoir which has peaked around the maximum capacity. The maximum capacity of the water reservoir is 1682 feet and current level has reached 1,674 feet.
Due to the opening of flood gates, the concerned authorities have warned the people living near Sutlej river to stay on high alert. Around 50,000 cusecs of water have been released from Bhakra dam.
IMD has also predicted rainfall heavy rainfall of high intensity on Saturday in parts of Himachal Pradesh. It has issued a red warning alert for few districts of Himachal Pradesh. The districts that saw the warning include Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, and Mandi.
A red warning alert means that the heavy rainfall could cause a huge impact on lives.