As heavy rain lashed the Kangra valley on Saturday morning, the Kangra district administration issued an advisory to people living on the banks of various rivulets and downstream of Pong Dam Reservoir to be on alert.
Kangra deputy commissioner C Palarasu said the advisory had been issued to the people of five panchayats of Mand area in the downstream of Pong Dam, Sthana, Tatwali, Rey-Khas, Bahadurpur and Riyali to be alert and move to safer places in case floodgates were opened by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) as the water level is rising in the reservoir due to heavy rain.
“This is a general advisory and there is nothing to be panic about as the water level is still much below the holding capacity of Pong Dam,” the DC said, adding that the people living on the banks of other small streams should not go near rivulets. He also directed the panchayat presidents to aware the people about the situation time to time and motivate them to move to safer places in case of emergency.
Besides, he has also ordered the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Jawali, block development officer, Fatehpur, and police officials to visit the areas and take stock of the situation time to time.
Meanwhile, the water level at Pong Dam stood at 1,327.98 ft on Friday, which was 37.68 ft more than the last year's 1,289.3 feet on the same day. The inflow was recorded at 17,311 cusecs while 8,012 cusecs water was being released from the dam daily.
“The situation is normal and the water level is quite below the holding capacity of the reservoir that is 1,390 ft,” said a BBMB official.
More expected today
Kangra valley on Saturday experienced heavy rain with Palampur town recording the highest amount - 134 mm in the state. Baijnath recorded 120 mm rain, followed by Dharamsala with 65 mm. “Some areas in Kangra district and adjoining Mandi district experienced very heavy rain in the past 24 hours,” said officials at the meteorological department at Shimla. The officials added that heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at some places in the region till Sunday.
According to the Met terminology, “heavy rain” ranges from 64.5 mm to 124.4 mm in a day and “very heavy” rain from 124.5mm to 244.4 mm in 24 hours.