Flood threat eases as weather improves
Srinagar, May 29: River Jhelum continued to flow above the “danger mark” on Saturday even as rains abated overnight and weather also showed a considerable improvement. Authorities said the flood threat has eased as water level receded but asserted they were monitoring the situation.
The Jehlum gauge recorded at 7 pm on Saturday at Sangam, Islamabad was 22.20 feet (compared to danger mark of 21 feet), 19.50 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh, Srinagar and 14.50 feet at Asham, Sonawari.
On Friday, torrential rains resulted in the swelling of the Jhelum and its tributaries and submerging of low-lying areas following which the authorities had sounded a flood alert. The water-level drastically went up as rains continued incessantly.
“The water level is receding now and the flood threat has eased. It had touched 23 feet mark at Sangam overnight but now it has come down to 22 feet. Also with the improvement in weather, situation will improve further. But we are maintaining a vigil,” Minister for Flood Control and Irrigation Department (FC &I) , Taj Mohi-ud-din told Greater Kashmir.
He said since the water level was high, the flow was now getting diverted into the flood spill channel. The capacity of channel is 28, 000 cusecs.
Officials in the FC &I department said the flood coordination committees have already been activated in districts across the valley. A central control room has also been set-up in Srinagar where information is being provided on contact number 2311834, they said.
OSD in Divisional Commissioner office, Aamir Ali said “the situation is being monitored closely and is under control.”
A number of residential colonies in civil lines area of Srinagar and in other Valley were submerged due to the incessant rains Friday. Many areas were also cut-off as roads were inundated and bridges washed away.
The Meteorological department here said that total rainfall received in the past 24 hours was 57.8 mm. “The weather will be clear with rain or thundershowers occurring at few places,” a MeT official said.
The rains in plains and snow in upper reaches bought down the mercury with maximum temperature recorded at 14.2 degree Celsius and minimum at 5.7 degree Celsius.
DC ISLAMABAD REVIEWS SITUATION
Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad chaired a meeting to review the situation in district in view of rains.
The medical authorities were directed to visit areas which have been deluged and take measures like providing chlorine tablets to the people. Besides, the Department of Fire- and Emergency Services was asked to drain out water in the water logged areas.
ROHULLAH VISTS BUDGAM
Minister for Science and Technology, Aga Syed Rohullah on Saturday visited flood affected areas of Budgam district including Bemina, Bathar, Sabdan, Narkara, Gulwan Pora and took a stock of the situation.
Rohullah instructed the officers for immediate repairs of Irrigation khuls affected due to heavy rains and floods. He also asked the officers of Revenue, Agriculture and Horticulture to assess the damage and report to the Deputy Commissioner for further action.
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