Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday sounded ‘flood alarm’ after Jhelum crossed 18-ft mark at Sangam in south Kashmir.
An official of Irrigation & Flood Control Department told Kashmir Reader that the water at Sangam gauge was 18.40 at noon, 40 notches above the ‘flood alarm’ mark and some three feet below 21-ft mark when flood is declared.
At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, the water at noon was 15.50 ft, few notches below the alarm level of 16-ft and three feet below flood level of 19-ft, the officials said.
At Asham in Bandipora district, the official said, the Jhelum level was at 9-ft against 13-ft mark when flood alarm is sounded in north Kashmir.
Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vishow Nallah at Khudwani was 7.51 m, 1.84 m in Rambiyara Nallah at Vachi while the nallah Lidder at Batkoot was at 0.91 m at noon.
Meanwhile authorities urged people living around Jhelum and low-lying areas of south and central Kashmir to remain vigilant in view of rising water levels in the river, the lifeline of Kashmir.
“People residing along embankments of river Jhelum and in low-lying areas of south and central Kashmir are requested to remain vigilant,” the official said. However, the official insisted that there was no need to panic.
“Please remain calm, there is no need to panic and don’t pay any heed to rumours,” the official added.