Jehlum swells as sun comforts rain-soaked Valley

Srinagar: Even as the sun comforted the rain-soaked Valley on Friday, the rainfall during the preceding night raised the water level of Jhelum at the three gauges along its course.
According to MeT office, at Sangam gauge, the water level was recorded at 17.10 feet at 7 pm Friday, a rise of 2.70 feet during the past 24 hours. Similarly, Ram Munshi Bagh gauge was above the alert level at 16.35 feet, a rise of .35 feet, and Asham at 11.75 feet, a rise of .42 feet in the past 24 hours.
Reports said that the overnight rains caused water logging at several places. The government pressed into service men and machinery to dewater the inundated colonies.
The heavy rains also led to a rise in the water level of Dal Lake submerging small wooden bridges, lanes and by lanes connecting dozens of small localities of the lake interiors.
Against Thursday’s level of 12.1 feet, the water level in the lake rose by two inches in the past 12 hours, officials of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) said.
“Situation in the Dal Lake is under control. There has been a gradual rise in the water level but the people need not to panic. We had opened Brari Nambal gate on Friday morning for a while, however, due to higher water level in Jhelum we had close it again,” vice-chairman LAWDA Sarmad Hafeez told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the steep rise of waters in Dal Lake has submerged a few low lying areas, especially the hamlets in the interiors of the Dal Lake.
“If the weather forecast for tomorrow is correct, then the water level in Jhelum will recede tomorrow. As and when it happens, we will throw open the gates and discharge the waters from Dal. We are watching and assessing the situation constantly,” he added.
Javed Jaffar, chief engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, told Kashmir Reader the flood threat persists because the Jhelum was flowing at the ‘alarm level’ at the Ram Munshi Bagh gauge.
“Once the water level declines below 16, the flood threat will be over,” he said.
“We are hopeful the water level will recede if it does not rain during the Friday night,” he added.
Director meteorological department Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader the Valley will witness significant improvement in weather conditions from Saturday.
However, during the next 24 hours, he said, light rain or thundershowers would occur at isolated places across the state.