Kashmir’s Top Geo-scientist Dismisses Flood Threat

Srinagar- Amid the panic caused by the incessant heavy rains and swelling of water bodies in the Valley, senior Geoscientist Dr Shakeel Romshoo Wednesday allayed the flood fears stating that Kashmir is unlikely to witness 2014 situation.

“This is a common phenomenon, with the contributing nallahs in the Upper Jhelum Basins (UJB), particularly in the Veshu, having a slight risk of flash flooding (UJB comprises of Lidder, Veshu, Rambiara, Lidder, Sandran, Bringi). There is a little probability that it will result in a substantial flood, especially Sangam downstream,” Romshoo, posted on his Facebook.

Romshoo, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) further added that “considering that rain is predicted to stop shortly, there is very little likelihood that the gauge level at Sangam would worsen into a Pan-Jhelum flood. It may even climb a few more feet in the next couple of hours, qualifying as a small flood (technically). But Inshallah there is nothing to worry about. No reasons for goose bumps due to our 2014 flood experience.”

It may be noted, that following incessant rainfall over the past four days in Kashmir, the authorities sounded a flood alert in the valley on Wednesday.

The flood and irrigation department sounded the flood alert in the Jhelum River as the water level crossed the 18 ft-mark at Sangam in the Anantnag district, which is a mark for flood alarm.

Heavy rains have also triggered a rise in the rivers and streams in Jammu and Kashmir.

Low-lying areas in Srinagar city and other parts of the Valley are facing waterlogging as higher reaches are threatened by flash floods and mudslides.

However, the Meteorological (MeT) department has forecast an improvement in the weather from Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Sun greeted people in the evening and weather turned pleasant after the continuous downpour.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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