2 persons washed away in Budgam, 35 families trapped in Kulgam; 37 persons rescued in Devsar
SRINAGAR: Threat of flood loomed large over many parts of the Kashmir Valley as the water level in Jhelum crossed the danger mark in the south and is set to go up if the rains continue, officials said Wednesday.
The authorities sounded an alert after the level in the Jhelum at Sangam (Anantnag) was recorded at 25 feet—three feet above the danger mark—at 9 pm. At 6 pm, the Jhelum was flowing at 22 feet.
“The water level in the Jhelum has crossed the danger mark. We’ve sounded an alert in south Kashmir. The Meteorological Department has also issued an advisory. So we have put all our men and machinery at the disposal for any eventuality,” Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mir Javed Jaffar told Kashmir Reader.
At 9 pm, the Jhelum was flowing at Ram Munshi Bagh here at 16 feet (the alert is sounded at 18 feet), said Jaffar, adding that no alert has been sounded in Srinagar or north Kashmir.
But if the rains continue, floods threat can’t be averted, he said. “After the Met Department’s warning, we need to remain prepared for anything. Let’s pray the rains will stop, otherwise things could be ugly,” he said.
Here in the summer capital of the state, many main roads and streets were waterlogged, affecting movement of people.
There were reports of water-logging in many areas like Indra Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Aloochi Bagh, Shivpora, Jehangir Chowk, Radio Kashmir, Mehjoor Nagar, Wazir Bagh, Gogji Bagh, Safa Kadal, Eidgah, Nowshehra, Soura, Ali Jan Road, Gulshan Nagar and Bemina.
Important roads leading to the commercial hub of Lal Chowk were submerged in water which hampered the pedestrian and vehicular movement in the city centre.
Meanwhile, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) said it has pressed into services de-watering pumps across the city.
“The SMC has in place 76 pumping stations, and all the catchment areas will be drained off. There will be no submergence where these pump stations are working. They function round the clock,” SMC Commissioner, G N Qasba said in a handout.
Meanwhile, due to continuous rains that are lashing Kashmir Valley from past 24 hours, the water level in all the streams of Baramulla district is increasing.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Farooq Ahmad Lone has ordered all the district officers to stay at their stations and check the water level of Jhelum and other streams in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, two persons, Ghulam Ahmad Bhat and Abdul Rashid Gojri, were washed away by a strong current in Aboora stream in Budgam caused by heavy rains, a police spokesman said. Both are feared dead as efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, he said.
Reports also said that around half a dozen people have been trapped in a stone crusher in Ferozpora and district administration with the help of army is trying to evacuate them.
In Kulgam, police launched a rescue operation when an entire village at Banjarpora, Aakhran was inundated with flood water, and more than 35 families including 25 members of Bakarwal alongwith their flocks were trapped in it.
A police spokesman said that rafting boats from Pahalgam were called in by the police and district administration to evacuate the trapped people including 26 children. Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, and SP Kulgam personally supervised the rescue operation, the spokesman said.
He also said that eight families consisting of 37 members including children were rescued by police when they were trapped in flood in Birigam, Devsar.
The rescued families have been relocated to the Panchayat Ghar temporarily. “SHO Devsar, Kulgam SI Manzoor Ahmad along with his police party rushed to the village as soon as reports of water surge came and evacuated the flood hit families. The police party is still on job as more people in the area are trapped,” the police said.
In Anantnag police launched a rescue operation at village Fathepora where five persons are trapped in flood water. Efforts are on to rescue them.
At Ganjiwara Anantnag police rescued a lady who got swayed in flood water in Jhelum.
Meanwhile, a youth who was swayed away by the gushing water in Nallah Sindh, was rescued by police, civil administration with the assistance of army. Manzoor Ahmad Ganie, son of Asadullah Ganie, of Check Watal, Lar was carried away by gushing water in Nallah Sindh at Sindbal and was trapped on landmass while collecting wood from the nallah. However, police and civil administration with the help of army launched a rescue operation and the person was rescued, reports said.