The authorities on Friday sounded flood alert after incessant rains lashed for more than 14 hours since Thursday evening in Kashmir Valley. Several areas in north and south Kashmir were inundated by flood waters and civilians shifted to safer areas.
Amir Ali, head of disaster cell in Kashmir, said the gauges of river Jhelum recorded at 5pm touched danger level of 18 feet, RM Bagh at 9.10 and Asham at 6.41.
Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control Kashmir sounded flood alert and directed all zonal flood committees to report for duty and establish their control rooms. "However, with the improvement in weather, the situation is fast returning to normal and public has been asked not to panic," said Ali.
Senior administration official and police officers, including divisional commissioner Kashmir, Abdul Majid Mir, IGP Kashmir SM Sahai along with DC Pulwama and SP Awantipora, visited Tral and took stock of the situation due to flash floods. The affected families were shifted to safer locations and provided temporary shelter and free ration.
In south Kashmir's Tral area, flash floods caused havoc at Baragam Nawdal and Yangwani. "A steel bridge at Batgund got washed away and water from Nallah Lam overflowed at Yangerwani and inundated the village," said Ali.
The water in a canal inundated Baragam village at Kupwara in north Kashmir. "Eight shops got damaged at Kralpora due to overflowing of Nallah at Hud. At Khushipora, the flood channel breached at Kumar mohallah," said Ali.
The authorities have deployed two rescue teams comprising of Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) at Tral and Khushipora.