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Water level in major North India dams reaching maximum limit

The water level in major dams, including the Pong and Bhakra dams, is on the verge of touching its maximum limit due to heavy rains in North India.

The level in Pong Dam is 1,387.48 feet against the maximum limit of 1,390 feet; while it touched 518.69 feet in Ranjit Sagar Dam, where its capacity is 520.94 feet.

The Bhakra dam saw the level touch 1,667.35 feet against the limit of 1,680 feet, an official spokesperson said on Sunday.

Water has also been discharged from the Pong dam in Beas and Satluj rivers, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Haryana Irrigation Department released 250 cusecs of water in Dadupur-Nalwi canal from the Hathni Kund Barrage for the first time.

Out of the 250 cusecs, 100 cusecs has been released in the Nalwi distributary for the farmers the Ambala district on an experimental basis.

The first phase of the Dadupur-Nalwi canal, with a total water carrying capacity of 538 cusecs, had been completed at a cost of about Rs.276 crore.

The Nalwi distributary, with a total capacity of 179 cusecs, was constructed to provide irrigation in the Ambala district.

Rain claims two

lives in Uttar Pradesh

Two children were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, where major rivers on Suday continued to swell at a number of places.

According to reports, a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl were killed in wall collapses in Jaunpur and Badlapur respectively.

Due to the heavy rain and release of water from flooded Nepal rivers, the Ganga, Sharda, Ramganga, Yamuna and Ghagra were flowing above the danger mark at several places, submerging several villages.

A Central Water Commission report said the Ganga was flowing above the danger mark at Fatehgarh and Ballia, while rising alarmingly in Gumtia (Kannauj) Kanpur, Phahphamau (Allahabad) Varanasi and Mirzapur.

The Yamuna was flowing above the danger mark at Mathura and rising at Agra, Etawah and Baghpat.

The Ghagra was flowing above the danger mark at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki), Turtipar (Ballia) and Ayodhya. — PTI

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