Himachal rivers in spate, alert sounded

July 26th, 2011 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, July 26 (IANS) Rivers in Himachal Pradesh are in spate following continuous moderate to heavy rainfall across the state and people living near the banks have been warned, officials said Tuesday.

An alert has been sounded in Kullu, Mandi, Kinnaur, Bilaspur and Shimla districts.

“Continuous rainfall has abnormally increased the water level in the Satluj river and its tributaries in Kinnaur and Shimla districts,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner Onkar Sharma told IANS.

“We have advised the people settled along the river banks not to go near it due to prevailing floodlike situation,” he added.

The river flow was more than 1,200 cusecs against the normal flow of 400 to 600 cusecs.

The water level of the Beas has also risen.

“The water level has increased in the Beas but the river is still flowing below danger mark,” Kullu Deputy Commissioner B.M. Nanta said.

He said the Satluj, which also passes through Kullu district, is in spate due to heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, two major hydropower plants in Kinnaur district remained shut for a second day Tuesday due to high silt and increase in water level in the Sutlej.

India’s biggest hydropower plant, the Nathpa Jhakri power project, and Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corp Ltd’s 1,000 MW Karcham Wangtoo hydroelectric project remained closed.

But the 300 MW Baspa hydropower project of Jaypee Group, located on a higher altitude in Kinnaur district, became operational Tuesday as the level of silt came down.

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