Jhelum swells, sets alarm bells ringing

Jhelum swells, sets alarm bells ringing

M A Parray
Srinagar: Kashmir Valley remained on the edge on Thursday as the water level in the Jhelum kept on rising due to incessant rains and snow since overnight. The water level was at touching distance of ‘alarm mark’ of 18-ft in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge at 11 a.m.
“The water level recorded was at 17.95ft and as soon it crosses 21-ft mark, flood is declared,” said an official of Irrigation & Flood Control Department – IFC, Kashmir.
At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, the water at 11 a.m. was 15.00 ft against the alarm level of 16 ft and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said.
At Asham in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the official said, the Jhelum level was at 8.91 ft.
Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vishow Nallah at Khudwani was 7.63 m, 1.78 m in Rambiyara Nallah at Vachi while the nallah Lidder at Batkoot was at 0.89 m.
Many areas of Bemina, one of the worst hit areas of Srinagar during once in a century floods in 2014, submerged. Reports said the water from flood channel has seeped inside Imam Hussain hospital in the area and its administration had to shift patients, medicine and infrastructure to the upper floor.
Meanwhile, the department has urged people not to panic and remain “calm”.
“Please remain calm, there is no need to panic and don’t pay any heed to rumours,” the official added.

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