Kashmir flood situation being monitored

Kashmir flood

Srinagar: Following days of incessant rains lashing the Kashmir Valley rivers as well as smaller water bodies have been in spate with flash floods reported in several areas including washing away of several roads as the administration issued advisory to avoid major accidents on Wednesday.
Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Naresh Kumar said the situation is being continuously monitored following heavy rainfall in the Valley during the past few days causing flood threats.
“It is right that the water levels have risen due to rains but so far the overall situation is under control,” he said adding that “River Jhelum at Sangam in south Kashmir was close to the flood mark. However, the rain has stopped and if we go through the Meteorological Department forecast there are chances that weather will improve after some time which would simultaneously improve the overall situation.”
The IFC-Department put out a clarification around 3.30 pm saying: “CLARIFICATION Due to some technical error, our App is wrongly showing Sangam at “Above Danger mark” in Red color beyond 21 feet mark.
The actual danger mark at Sangam is 25 feet. We have taken the matter with our support team, inconvenience is deeply regretted.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the water level at Sangam gauge on River Jhelum in south Kashmir has touched the 21-ft (the flood declaration mark is 25-ft). It was below the danger mark at Pampore, Ram Munshi Bagh and Asham, an independent Kashmir weather observatory said.
The water level at Sangam at 2 pm touched 21ft, while it was 13.61ft t Pampore and 15.47ft both at Ram Munshi Bagh and Asham, respectively.
The tributaries, including Vishow Nallah at Khudwani, Rambiyara Nallah at Wachi, Lidder Nallah at Batkoot, Doodhganga Nallah at Barzulla, Sindh Nallah at Doderhama, Sukhnag Nallah at Arizal, Ferozpora Nallah at Drung, and Pohru Nallah at Seelu were also in spate.
“The department is monitoring the entire situation so that there is no inconvenience caused to people,” Kumar told the media.
Regarding the status of Jhelum River he said “if we go through the present level at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar it is running below the danger mark”. “We have not yet declared any flood threat, the situation is being monitored,” Kumar said.
Around 3.30 pm though, flood alarms were sounded as Jhelum level rose to above 16-ft at Ram Munshibagh of Srinagar.
Kumar suggested downloading the Kashmir flood mobile App to know the real situation.
Replying to a query earlier he said, temporary restoration teams have been dispatched to several areas where streams and nallahs are overflowing.
He said: “We have received reports of breaches caused in Sopore and Tangmarg in north Kashmir where men and machines are on the job to restore them.”
Kumar said “If rains stop there would be no serious flood threat situation in the valley.”
A driver and conductor miraculously escaped unhurt after their truck, on way from Srinagar to Bandipora, rolled down into Baedkul nullah in Ajas village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday.
Comparing to 2014 flood situation, the IFC on Twitter said: It was “34.70 ft at sangam gauge in 2014, and the rate of rise of water was 2 ft per hour. This event is no where close to 2014 situation.”