Flood threat persists in Valley as intermittent rains continue for 2nd straight day

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By Fast Kashmir on 30/06/2018.

Flood threat persists in Valley as intermittent rains continue for 2nd straight day
Govt says no need to panic, MeT predicts gradual improvement in weather by evening

Srinagar, Jun 30: The flood threat continues to loom in the Valley for the second consecutive day as the water level in streams as well as in river Jehlum is still flowing above the danger level.
The water level in the river Jehlum and streams increased due to the heavy rains since Wednesday evening thereby leaving Valley populace worried about the possible floods.
Earlier, the ferocious floods hit Valley in the year 2014, which claimed several human lives as well as damaged property worth crores here.
On Friday, the government sounded flood alert in Southern districts, saying that the water level has crossed the alert mark in river Jehlum.
On this morning, the district administration Srinagar also sounded flood alert here in Srinagar’s low lying areas, urging people to be alert and prepare for the evacuation.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said that they have issued flood alert for low lying areas. He also appealed people living in low lying areas and embankments of river Jehlum in Srinagar to be alert and prepare for the evacuation.
“The level of the Gauge at RM Bagh is 20.82 ft at 9 am. We have issued a flood alert for low lying areas of srinagar.People living in low lying areas & embankments of Jehlum in Sgr are requested to be ALERT & Prepared for evacuation,” DC Srinagar tweeted.
It is worth to mention here that at 04:00 am today, the water in river Jehlum was flowing at 22.95 ft at Sangam, 20.93 ft at Munshi Bagh and 12.41 ft at Asham.
Meanwhile, the local Meteorological department (MeT) has predicted more rains in the State.
Director MeT, Sonum Lotus told Kashmir News Service that the present weather conditions would improve would continue in the State. “The rains have stopped at some places and the weather would improve gradually not suddenly,” he said.
He further informed that there are chances of lights floods as well but there is no need to panic as the weather against yesterday has improved. “People must not be panic and should remain prepare. The weather would further start gradually improving by this evening but the intermittent rains may continue,” he added.
Locals from different parts of Kashmir said that several areas in their respective districts got submerged due to the heavy rains from past two days.
“Most of the areas are submerged due to the rains thereby leaving people to face hardships,” locals said, adding that no step was taken by the concerned Municipal authorities to dewater the areas.
Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra this afternoon reviewed the flood like situation across Jammu and Kashmir and the advance preparations which are required to be taken by the administration, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.
“Chief Secretary informed Governor about a Flood Control Room being set up at Hari Niwas in Gupkar; the obtaining and emerging weather conditions; water levels at various monitoring locations yesterday and today; mobilization of rescue teams and boats for evacuation; provision of pumps; electric power back up etc,” the spokesperson said.
The Governor was also informed that a mechanism has been put in place for ensuring effective coordination with concerned agencies including Police, Army, Central Armed Police Forces, NDRF and Civil Administration.
As the water level in river Jehlum has started receding in South Kashmir and is constant in Srinagar, the government has also asked people not to panic as it claimed to have taken all precautionary measures for tacking the situation and safety of the people.
Officials said that the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan has asked officers to gear up and take every precautionary measure for the safety and security of people In view of the flood like situation in Kashmir.
They said that 14 emergency centres were set up at different places in Srinagar and Pampore in view of the floods.
The officials informed that Div Com had asked all the officers of line departments to mobilize men and machinery for making the Emergency Centres (EC) functional identified at different location in the Srinagar city and Pampore.
Besides, Khan as per the officials also directed the officers to make available ration, medicines and medical staff, blankets, drinking water, tents, trucks, boats and other eatables at every Centre.
Jammu and Kashmir Police has also set up help lines across the Valley for the general public to provide any assistance required in view of the incessant rainfall.
The help lines shall function round-the-clock to tackle the situation arising from the inclement weather situation prevalent in the valley.
In case of any assistance required, general public is advised to contact help line Anantnag on 9596777669, 9419051940, Kulgam on 01931260486, 7051510660 Awantipora on 01933247369, 917051404001, Shopian on 9596768831, 01933261891, Ganderbal on 01942416478, 01942416564, Budgam on 80825 67612, Srinagar on 01942477567, 2477569, 9596222550, Baramulla on 01952237830, 9596767768, Handwara on 9906767076, 7051404222, Sopore on 9596773024, 9596773025, 01954- 222312, 01954- 225333 and in Kupwara on 7051404938, 01955252451.
Besides, the volunteers at various places were seen active in the respective areas, making arrangements for the possible floods in the Valley.
A religious organization, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ghulam Mohammad Bhat has also directed cadres to remain vigilant to the prevailing climatic situation and be prepared for any eventuality in order to help people.
Keeping in view of the critical climatic situation created due to incessant rains that lashed valley since couple of days, Bhat directed Basic Units, Tehsil and District Administration of Jama’at to be prepared for any eventuality as water level is constantly increasing in Lider, Vaishov and Sangam. (KNS)