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J&K: 'Water level in Kashmir rivers recedes'

UNI  Srinagar, May 28, 2013
First Published: 11:47 IST(28/5/2013) | Last Updated: 12:10 IST(28/5/2013)

A day after flood alert was sounded in Kashmir's Baramulla district following torrential rains, weather officials today said the water level in rivers has receded due to dry weather.

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However, all necessary manpower and machinery had been kept on alert in south Kashmir,where about two dozen animals were washed away.
  
The authorities also rescued three people and more than 500 animals who had got trapped into an overflowing stream due to torrential rains, between Ponipora and Arigatnoo villages yesterday.
  
The Anantnag authorities reviewed situation, arisen due to inclement weather, the official said. The water level at Sangam Bridge was 15.88 feet but dipped to 14 feet due to fair weather yesterday, they added.
  
Anantnag deputy commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone said all the necessary manpower and machinery has, however, been kept on  alert. So far, there was no report of damage to property from any place of the district.
  
Lone directed the officers concerned to remain alert and vigilant in case of any untoward incident occurring because of lashing rains in the district. 
 
The officials said on the intervening night of May 26 and 27, three people and 520 sheep and goats were trapped into an overflowing stream  Nallah Veshew  due to torrential rains.
  
Rescue teams were rushed there and Kulgam Deputy Commissioner Jehangir Mir has personally been overseeing the rescue operation. They said rafting boats arranged from Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering Pahalgam were pressed into service and the victims were safely rescued.
  
All the three persons and 517 livestock were rescued and  necessary vaccination were provided to the livestock through Sheep  Husbandry Department.
 
However, about two dozen animals, including a horse, drowned.


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