Jhelum crosses flood mark at Sangam

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Torrential Rains Lash Valley, Disrupt Normal Life

Srinagar: Authorities on Wednesdays night sounded alarm in south Kashmir after water level in the Jhelum crossed 18 feet mark at Sangam following incessant rains.

Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Detriment Mir Javed Jaffar said that due to incessant rains, the gauge at Sagam crossed 18 feet mark at Sangam at 9 PM.  

“The habitation residing along the river embankment/Nallah and low lying areas of south and central Kashmir are advised to remain Vigilant,” the Chief Engineer said.

Besides, he said, the staff deputed on flood duty is directed to report to their respective beats.

Meanwhile relentless rains since Tuesday evening threw normal life across Kashmir Valley out of gear, including Srinagar city where many roads were badly inundated affecting vehicular and pedestrian movement.

Temperature in the valley dipped further as winds accompanied the rains forcing people to wear warm clothes again. 

A Met office spokesperson has warned of heavy rain and thundershowers at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 36 hours raising concern among the residents who are still trying to cope with the devastation caused by floods last year. 

“The intensity and quantum of rain will be almost same on Thursday as it was recorded on Wednesday,” he said. “ From Thursday evening, the rain and thunder showers will stop and from Friday the weather will remain pleasant for the coming three to four days.”

The Valley received heavy rainfall yesterday after an overnight drizzle resulting in drop in the mercury. World famous health resort of Pahalgam, traditional base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine, where the annual 59-day-long pilgrimage is due to commence from July 2, received the highest 31.8 mm rainfall during the night and it was raining there heavily when the reports last came in. 

The minimum temperature also witnessed a drop though it was still above normal. Against yesterday’s 12.2 degree, it was 10.4 degree which was about one and half a notch above normal. There was no change in the minimum temperature at famed ski resort of Gulmarg where 2.8 mm rainfall was recorded during the night. It again started raining today, a hotel owner said, adding the minimum temperature was 8.5 degrees, 1.5 notches below normal.

At Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, minimum temperature witnessed a drop of one degree after 10.8 mm rainfall till 0830 hrs.

Kokernag received 3.9 mm rainfall, while Kupwara 2.4 mm rainfall during the night, resulting in one degree drop in the temperature.

Srinagar and adjoining areas received moderate rain after intermittent 1.6 mm rainfall during the night, inundating a number of roads, affecting normal traffic and pedestrian movement. At some places, where there are no footpaths, pedestrians find it very difficult to walk due to rain water.The Met spokesperson said the city witnessed a drop of one degree in the minimum temperature against yesterday. It recorded 16 degrees Celsius temperature. Leh recorded traces of rain and the minimum temperature was 12.5 degrees, slightly more than yesterday while at border town of Kargil, it was 10 degree against yesterday’s 9.2 degrees. 

“There is no change in the water level in river Jhelum and other water bodies. Water discharge is still low and is expected to rise in case the downpour continues,” the officials said.

He said that due to commencement of monsoon in North Indian, Kashmir has been witnessing frequent downpours and this time as well the downpour is attributed to the monsoon.  “We are expecting light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thundershowers at many places in the state till Thursday evening,” the official said.

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