Fear of floods returns as MeT predicts heavy rains

Fear of floods returns as MeT predicts heavy rains

Srinagar: The fear of floods resurfaced in Valley on Wednesday following incessant rains, even as the water level started rising again at Sangam this evening. It had receded by more than four feet since last evening. The water level in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge went down through the day from 11.70 at 9 a.m. to 10.80 feet at 7 p.m before it rose to 11 feet at 8 p.m. and 11.30 at 9 p.m., way below the alarm level of 15 feet and danger mark of 21 feet.
At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, it was 14.60 feet against the alarm level of 16 feet and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said.
Meanwhile, panic gripped the valley as the weather department predicted heavy rains and thundershowers at most places on Thursday, prompting the authorities to issue contingency plans.
An official of the Meteorological Department told Kashmir Reader Wednesday that the state will receive moderate to rather heavy rainfall at most of the places, while the upper reaches will receive fresh snowfall during the next 24 hours. The weather department also issued warning of heavy rain and thundershower at a few places during the next 36 hours.
The official said that Srinagar recorded 16.6 mm rains, as the minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 6.8 and 8.7 degree Celsius respectively. Kupwara received 18.8 mm rains, Qazigund 3.5 mm and Kokernag 11.6 mm as the day temperature was recorded 8.2, 9.4 and 8.7 degree Celsius respectively.
Gulmarg valley, known as Asia’s Switzerland for its mighty slopes and landscape was the coldest place in the Valley where minimum temperature was recorded at 0 degree Celsius. Gulmarg received 17.9 mm rains, the official of the weather department said. Pahalgam, another famous hill station in south Kashmir received 19.6mm rains, as the minimum temperature was recorded at 4.0 and the maximum 6.8 degree Celsius.
Here in Srinagar, the continuous rains that started Tuesday evening caused water logging at several places causing much inconvenience to the commuters. The residents of Choripora, Narbal, HMT, and Shalteng complained of inconvenience due to water logging.
At Rambagh, the officials removed the alternative road connecting Jawahar Nagar to Mehjoor Nagar that passes over the food channel for the smooth flow of Jhelum.
Despite fresh rains, the water level considerably reduced at three gauges along the length of Jhelum since Tuesday. It was 10.80 feet at Sangam (danger mark is 23 feet), 14.60 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar (flood declared at 18 feet) and 11.08 feet at Asham (flood declared at 14 feet) at 7pm on Wednesday.
“The situation is stable so far. In South Kashmir and Srinagar, the water is below the alert level. The more rains get delayed; the more water level will reduce. Then the capacity for fresh rains will get created,” Javed Jaffar, Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department told Kashmir Reader.
However, Jaffar said that the next two days are crucial since the weather department has predicted heavy rains that could swell the waters in Jhelum.
“Our men and machinery is alert to meet any eventuality,” he said.
Meanwhile, the district authorities issued a contingency plan in view of the weather advisory.
According to an official handout, the district administration has established 42 rescue and relief operation camps at different locations. The district administration has 3900 tents, 6000 blankets and 900 hand torches available to meet any emergency. Besides, 217 trucks and buses have been put on standby at various Police Stations and the relief camping locations.
“As per details, 15 trucks have been kept available at various Police Stations of Srinagar district while as 182 trucks at CA&PD department Kashmir, 10 trucks at Police Control Room, 4 trucks at other departments besides 3 buses each at relief camping location Sanat Nagar and EDI Pampore,” the handout read.
It said that 3132600 quintal of rice, 19000 of sugar, 16600 of atta, and 1693400 of wheat were available at different outlets of CA&PD besides 71314 LPG cylinders and 18514 cylinders.