Don’t Panic, Flood Threat Is Over: Govt


Srinagar: People across Kashmir valley finally heaved a sigh of relief Friday after spending two sleepless nights. The water level in the River Jhelum and other streams started receding after rains stopped.

Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) department, Muhammad Hanief Lone said that the people should not panic as the water level in the river and other tributaries was receding.

“The water in the river Jhelum, which was flowing above the danger mark till Thursday night, is receding from Friday morning. There is no need to panic now as water level is decreasing rapidly,” Lone said.

He said that the water level recorded at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district had receded to 18.70-ft at 6 pm as against the 21.50-ft at 8 am on Friday morning. The danger mark at Sangam is 23 ft, an official of the Flood Control Department said.

At Ram Munshi Bagh in the city, Jhelum was flowing at 19.60 ft against the peak of 20.20 ft in the wee hours, an official said.

The water level in the Jhelum and its tributaries rose sharply following heavy rainfall on Tuesday, which had prompted authorities to issue a flood alert for south and central Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the weatherman said that a weak Western Disturbances, which create clouds and precipitation over Himalayan mountain range, are still prevailing over the Valley, which may result in intermittent light rainfall at many places over the next 24 hours.

“There is possibility of occasional sunshine as well,” an official of the Meteorological (MeT) department said.

“Chances of floods are minimal and there is no need to panic. Rainfall may occur occasionally but that will not be continuous.” -Director MeT, Sonam Lotus

The official said that weather will be dry from Sunday morning till Tuesday, with light precipitation likely to occur at isolated places in Kashmir on Saturday. For two days on Wednesday and Thursday, light rain may occur at isolated places as Western Disturbance is likely to hit Valley after April 13 onwards again.




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