Flood Threat Ebbs As Rain Stops After 2 Days In Kashmir

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Admin Asks People Not To Panic, Stay Alert

Srinagar: As incessant rains from last couple of days stopped, the water level in river Sindh and Doodhganga Nallah receded considerably in last 24 hours, official sources said on Friday.

They said that water level in Sindh decreased from 3.74m at 11 p.m. last night to 2.20m at 9.p.m on Friday near Duderhama Ganderbal in central Kashmir’s district. The authorities had declared flood alert at around 10 p.m. on Thursday night after the water level breached danger mark of 3.35m near Duderhama Ganderbal.

“Amidst incessant rains, the water level in Nallah Sindh at Duderhama has crossed Flood mark. All residents of the downstream adjacent villages are requested to remain alert and cautious,” Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal had said in a tweet last night.

Also, water level in Doodhganga Nallah was recorded at 1.87m at 9 p.m as against 3.69m at 10.p.m. last night. When the level crosses 3.8m at Barzulla Srinagar, the flood is declared in the area, the official sources added.

Meanwhile, the water level increased in Jhelum during the time but the threat of flood remains minimal, the officials said.

They said that the water level in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge was 13.38ft at 9 p.m., 5-ft below the alarm level of 18 feet but almost 8 feet below the danger mark of 21 feet.

At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, it was at 16.11 feet against the alarm level of 16 feet and flood level of 18 feet, they said.

The state’s summer capital Srinagar, which was devastated by floods in September in 2014, along with other parts of the valley received plenty of rainfall in last two days.

According to the officials, the rain recorded during last 24 hour at Automatic Rain Gauge Stations includes 22.0mmat Khudwani, 9.0mm at Batkoot, 23.0mm at Sangam, 31. 5mm at R.M.Bagh and 40mm at Asham and 36.5mm at Ganderbal.

Admin Asks People Not To Panic, Stay Alert

Srinagar: Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Jal Shakti department on Friday urged to remain alert but not panic amid increase in water level in River Jhelum and its tributaries.

“It is for the information of the General Public that due to continuous rains over the last two days the water level in River Jhelum and its tributaries has increased,” the Chief engineer Iftikar Ahmad Kakroo said.

“At Sangam the level is now reducing and at present is 15.95 ft. against the danger level of 21 ft. The gauge level at Ram Munshibagh is presently 15.77 ft. against the danger level of 18 ft,” he said, adding, “The level of Ram Munshibagh, Srinagar is likely to increase as peak discharge from South Kashmir will reach Srinagar and move further towards north.”

The Chief engineer said that the weather forecast is favourable and the levels are expected to reduce, he said as per a communication.

“People are requested not to panic but remain alert and vigilant,” he said, adding, “In case of any emergency they are requested to contact Irrigation and Flood Control Department and District Administration of respective Districts.” (with GNS inputs)

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