'Floods maroon Pakistani villages as India releases Sutlej water'
Posted on: 22 Aug 2011
Islamabad: Dozens of Pakistani villages have been submerged after India released the water from the Sutlej river, a media report said Sunday.
The Federal Flood Commission said 57,000 cusecs of water flowed through Kasur district, submerging several villages.
The water level rose to 18.5 feet at Kakar post after the flood water gushed through it, the Nation reported.
The flood waters marooned several villages, including Gandasinghwala, Mahiwala and Pattan and severed their links to the outside world.
Relief workers were shifting the trapped people to safer places.
The water of the Sutlej river is shared by India and Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries.
There are several major hydroelectric projects on the Sutlej in India, including the 1,000 MW Bhakra dam, 1,000 MW Karcham-Wangtoo and 1,530 MW Nathpa Jhakri dam.