Flood threat almost over though more wet weather predicted in Kashmir

Flood threat almost over though more wet weather predicted in Kashmir




SOLO, JUNE 19 -- People stand in front of a flooded area in Kampung Sewuresidential area in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, June 19, 2016. REUTERS-8R


Srinagar:  Flood threat is almost over though more wet weather is predicted during the next 24 hours in the Kashmir valley, where people had sleepless night during the past three days following increase in water level in the river Jehlum and its tributaries due to torrential rains and snow. However, a number of low lying areas remained waterlogged and several road diversions and bridges damaged in the flash floods in the valley, where weather has finally improved. There could be light rain or snow in the Kashmir valley during the next 24 followed by dry weather during subsequent two days, a Met department spokesman said this afternoon. The water level which was flowing above danger mark at Sangam in south Kashmir, Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar and Asham in the down streams in north Kashmir during the past two days following torrential rains. However, the the water level in the river Jehlum has witnessed decrease following improvement in the weather though there was 3.4 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours in Srinagar. The water witnessed major drop at Sangam and it was recorded 16.75 feet at 1200 hrs today, 4.25 feet below danger mark, an official of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) told UNI this afternoon. However, he said though water is receding at Ram Munshi Bagh but it was still slightly above danger mark. It has come down from 20.20 feet recorded yesterday to 18.10 feet this noon when the normal is 18 feet. The water level is still going down, he said. At down stream Asham the water level is 12.66 feet which is also above danger mark, he said, adding that it will now start receding. A number of low-lying areas in Srinagar, including at Bemina, remained inundated. However, in majority areas the authorities had pressed into service dewatering pumps to drain out the rain water. A number of villages in Baramulla, Badgam and south Kashmir also remained waterlogged.

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