Srinagar: Water level in Dal Lake was above normal inundating a number of localities in the water body while there was no threat of any flood though water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has recorded increase due to fresh rain during the past 24 hours.
Dozens of vegetable gardens in the Lake were damaged as the water level was more than three feet above normal, a resident from Mir Behri said today. He said the water level was still increasing threatening more areas in the lake.
He said people in several areas have already left for safety after the water entered their homes. Since the gates of Chunt-Khul and Gaw Kadal are closed, the water level has increased damaging vegetable, flower and other gardens in the Lake, he said adding only floating gardens are so far safe.
Meanwhile one report said that entire Mir Behri area in the Lake was under water after authorities closed down the gates of the waterbody, resulting in water logging of the locality.
Officials said that water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has recorded increase during the past 24 hours following fresh rain and melting of snow on higher reaches. However, they said there was immediate threat of flood as the water level was still below danger mark.
At Sangam in south Kashmir, the water level at 1000 hrs was 15.25 feet, about three feet below danger mark, they said adding at Ram Munshi Bagh in the heart of the city it was 16.30 feet, about five feet below danger mark .
They said at Asham in the north Kashmir the water was flowing at 11.41 feet, about 2.5 feet below normal.
Officials Asked To Remain Alert
In view of rise of water level in Dal Lake and River Jhelum, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, today convened a meeting with senior officers of LAWDA, I&FC, SMC, Drainage, Fire and Emergency Services, PHE and SDM (East).
The DC directed all Departments to keep their men and machinery ready to meet any eventuality. He also directed I&FC Department to make adequate quantity of sand bags available at various vulnerable spots for quick action.
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