When Residents Stood Awake Guarding Embankments


Srinagar: The flood threat caused by the heavy downpour since last three days had given sleepless nights to the people, especially those living in low lying and areas close to rivers and streams.

In these areas residents, without waiting for Govt support, were seen voluntarily filling breaches and strengthening embankments till late Thursday night.

The residents of various areas including Pampore, Lasjan, Bemina and others were strengthening the embankments of river Jehlum and flood channel passing close to their residential houses.

The breach in river Jehlum in the September 2014 had damaged thousands of houses and property worth billions.

The people at Pampore who were seen strengthening the embankments of river Jehlum in late hours said that the water level is above the danger level and it seems that one more catastrophe like 2014 will hit the Valley again.

“We (residents) sought help on mosque loudspeakers and soon people came out of their homes in large numbers to strengthen the embankments with sand bags,” said Sheikh Zahoor, a resident of Pampore.

He said that the threat perception among the people was already there as government had failed in its duty to complete the dredging process of Jhelum on time. “Despite several assurances, the Kashmiris have been once of again left at God’s mercy. The much awaited dredging process should have been completed on time, which could have brought a sigh of relief among the people at this time,” they added.

The people living close to streams were also seen standing on the embankments till late evening looking at the water level which was increasing till the wee hours of Friday morning.

However, the water which was flowing above the danger mark started receding from Friday morning bringing relief to the people.



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