Jammu, Jun 29: At least six labourers were rescued on Friday by the joint teams of Civil Defence and State Disaster Rescue Force when sudden flash flood hit River Tawi here while the weatherman has predicted improvement in weather conditions from tomorrow.
“Due to continuous rainfall since overnight, the water level in River Tawi swelled and flash floods occurred on Friday morning,” police sources here said.
They said that six labourers working in the river bed got trapped due to flash floods, adding, “immediately the teams of SDRF and Civil defence were called and pressed into service.”
However, expert divers of Civil Defence led by a volunteer Anwar, launched the rescue operation win assistance with SDRF personnel with the help of water tubes and boats, they added.
“All the marooned labourers were rescued from flash floods and shifted to the safer destination,” they added.
Meanwhile Deputy Controller, Civil Defence, DySP Anita Pawar said that the department has geared up itself for the apprehended flash floods or any other natural calamity during monsoon.
Director MeT, J&K Sonam Lotus however, said that it has been raining continuously since Thursday night in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir regions.
“Many places of South, East Kashmir and Hilly Areas of Jammu region received Heavy Rain as a result of which there is significant increase in Water Levels in Nallahs, Rivers etc. thereby increasing chances of potential flood, landslide on vulnerable areas,” he added.
He however, forecast gradual decrease in rainfall from and overall improvement from Saturday.
“There can be landslide in sloppy area, flash flood, minor flood and water logging in low lying areas. People are requested to remain calm but vigilant, prepared and not to spread rumours of flood,” said Lotus adding that the threat of a major flood is highly unlikely but nevertheless, it is always good to be prepared.
Meanwhile in Jammu the rainfall (in MM) recorded since Thursday night was Batote:117.6, Ramban:93, Jammu:46 and Kathua:20.
Besides, water level also swelled in River Chenab while the administration has issued advisories for the general public to stay away from the river banks and do not move around especially in rainy season.
Meanwhile authorities today sounded a flood alert as Jhelum river flowed above the critical 21 feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district due to heavy rains over the past two days.
“Due to continuous rains from the past two days, the guage at Sangam has crossed the flood declaration of 21 feet and was flowing at 21.33 feet at 6 pm,” an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department said.
The water level in Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh in the city was 13.34 feet at 6 pm, over 4.5 feet below the flood declaration level. He said the people living in areas along the embankments of River Jhelum, other streams and in low lying areas were advised to remain vigilant.
“The staff deputed on flood duty in south Kashmir is directed to report to their sectors and beats,” the official added.