Authorities dispel flood threat alarm in Valley

SRINAGAR: The authorities on Wednesday dispelled reports of flood threat in the Valley, saying the water level in the Jhelum is still flowing “much below the alarming level.”
“There is no chance of any flood threat as the water level in the Jhelum is flowing much below the alert level,” Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood (I&FC), Kashmir, Mir Javed Jaffer told Kashmir Reader.
He said the current water level at south Kashmir’s Sangam and Srinagar city’s Ram Munshi Bagh is 10 feet and 12 ½ feet respectively .
“We only sound flood alert when the water level in the river at Sangam would be 20 feet and 18 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh here,” Jaffer said.
Jaffer said there was no need to panic and at present “everything is going normal.” However, he warned that if rain continues for next 15 hours then things can be different.
“There are no more predictions of rain from the Met Department. However, if the torrents continue for more than 15 hours then only we sound any flood alarm. But at now there is nothing to get panicked,” he said.
Meanwhile, local Meteorological Department on Wednesday forecast hail in the state and more light rain in next 24 hours.
“Light rain or thundershower may occur at few places over the state,” the Met office said in its evening bulletin.
“Some places in Jammu and Kashmir will receive hail towards evening,” it said.
The Met department also predicted decrease in precipitation in the next four days.
On Wednesday, the state’s summer capital Srinagar received 1.2 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm.
In April 2013, Srinagar received a total rainfall of 102mm. March this year too was the wettest, with record rain exceeding 220 mm received in the month, highest in the past decade.