Jhelum roars first time since 1928

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 05, 2014 19:57 IST

It's after 82 years that Kashmir's main river, the Jhelum, emanating from south and crossing through Srinagar to north of the Valley, has witnessed such a deluge with devastating impact on human lives and properties.

"With incessant rains continuing for third consecutive day, the Jhelum's discharge surpassed 1992 discharge of 65,000 cusecs. It was in 1928 that the river's discharge was 80,000 cusecs and is likely to be surpassed if rains continue," said Shakil Tanshoo, professor and head of department, Earth Sciences, Kashmir University.

According to figures acquired by the department of irrigation and flood control, the river crossed 70,000 cusecs discharge on Thursday against the average discharge of 25,000 cusecs per day, thrice the normal discharge.

Roaring Jhelum's speed and discharge can be gauged from the fact that the official measuring rod remains inaccessible after the river crossed the record 34 feet early on Friday morning at Sangam, first time since the 1959 devastating floods. It continues to run 11 feet above the danger mark there.

Closer to Srinagar, despite breaches on the way that led to marooning of more than 50 villages in south Kashmir, the Jhelum flows around 22.30 feet at Ram Munshibagh, five feet above the danger mark.

Uptown areas and commercial hub continue to remain vulnerable. The water level, however, is maintained at around 22 feet only.

"The trouble remains as all the water bodies are flowing with high discharge along the entire stretch of the Jhelum," said an official of the irrigation and flood control.

The authorities have asked people to avoid unnecessary travel for "smooth functioning of rescue operations."

People living in the low-lying areas affected the most, have been directed to store food and drinking water on the second floor of their houses.

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