Discharge of water from dams and barrages in West Bengal is set to increase as the storage facilities are almost full with heavy rainfall across the state for the last two days, officials said on Saturday. The inflow of water to these facilities is going up due to incessant rain in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand, they said.
“The situation is alarming with heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. We have tried to restrict water release. Discharge from Panchet and Maithon on Saturday is within the green zone which is up to 50,000 cusec. But incessant rain of about 100 mm in the upstream is a threat. Tenughat dam in Jharkhand released 90,000 cusec of water today and it will take 7-8 hours to reach Panchet dam. The West Bengal government has allowed us to raise the discharge level to 1 lakh cusec,” Damodar Valley Corporation executive director S Banerjee told PTI.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological department Saturday forecast an intense wet spell over central and north India till August 4, Wednesday. It has also predicted that there would be a reduction in the rainfall intensity over east India from July 31.
Due to a well-marked low pressure area and a monsoon trough, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over east Madhya Pradesh on July 31-August 1 and over Chhattisgarh and east Uttar Pradesh on July 31. Widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely to continue over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during form July 31 to August 4 with peak activity during July 31 to August 3. Isolated extremely heavy falls likely over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during July 31-August 2, IMD added.
The IMD has issued a red alert over parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over west Uttar Pradesh between August 1-2. The current spell of fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity is very likely to continue over parts of north India with isolated heavy falls over Jammu and Kashmir on July 31, Punjab on August 1, Himachal Pradesh till August 2 and Uttarakhand and Haryana till August 4, the IMD said.