Flood Control Dept in Kashmir Asks Officials To Stay Alert

Srinagar: The irrigation and flood control (I&FC) department on Monday directed all the divisional engineers of the department in Kashmir Valley to remain vigilant and follow the general guideline given in the department's annual flood duty chart.

The directions in this regard were given by the Chief Engineer (C.E) Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department, Kashmir today reviewed the flood preparedness regarding flood management here, an official spokesperson said Monday.

“All the Divisional Engineers of the department were asked to remain vigilant and follow the general guideline given in the department's annual flood duty chart,” he said.

In the review meeting, the official spokesperson said various issues were discussed with regard to the flood preparedness including safety of embankments, mock drill exercise, capacity building of stakeholders, sufficient stock of empty bags, stacking of filled bags, stage contract for men, machinery and material to deal with any exigency besides establishment of Control Rooms and liaison with the Disaster Response Force/various units of the administration.

“It was revealed that the I&FC department, Kashmir has developed an android application namely ‘Kashmir Flood Alert’ and this application automatically updates the water level in real time from 13 water level sensors installed on different water bodies in Jhelum basin in Valley,” he said, while recommending people to install this application in order to remain updated regarding the water level in different water bodies and to avoid spread of false rumours.

“Besides this, the department has a Facebook and Twitter handle under hashtag eitckoahrnir on which the Department disseminates timely advisories in case of any eventuality,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the people can contact control numbers at

0194-2311834; 0154-2502946; 01442502947.

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