Kashmir on flood alert as Jhelum water level crosses danger mark
Anantnag and Pulwama districts in South Kashmir have been placed on flood alert after the water level in Jhelum river crossed the danger mark.india Updated: Jun 25, 2015 14:08 IST
Water level in river Jhelum crossed the danger mark at Sangam in south Kashmir early morning on Thursday as most parts of the valley were lashed by incessant rains since Wednesday.
A flood alert was sounded earlier on Wednesday night for Anantnag and Pulwama districts with the Met department predicting more rains over the next 48 hours in the region.
People living in as around flood prone areas in the two districts have been advised to shift to safer areas.
The water level at Sangam was 25.30 feet at 3am, 2.30 feet above the danger mark, a police official said.
The river was flowing at 17.10 feet at Ram Munshibagh here, closing in on the danger mark of 19 feet, the official said.
Water levels in Jhelum's tributaries also rose sharply following heavy rainfall since Wednesday.
Jhelum crosses danger mark in Kashmir, flood alert issued
Divisional administration is scheduled to review the situation in an early morning meeting, divisional commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon said.
He said some low lying areas in south Kashmir have been inundated.
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Similarly, a website Rising Kashmir reported that, a number of roads were inundated in Srinagar affecting vehicular and pedestrian movement following relentless rainfall. Several areas including marketplaces- Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Regal Chowk and Hari Singh High Street witnessed waterlogging hampering vehicular movement.
People have taken to Twitter in expressing their disappointment in the government's inability to take more concrete action that would help stablise life in the flood prone areas.
According to unconfirmed reports, some bridges have also been washed away by Vaishaw Nallah.
The weatherman has forecast more rains over the next 48 hours in Kashmir.
(With agency inputs)