Flood threat in Valley over

Srinagar: After a week of panic and uncertainty, the authorities Saturday said that the flood threat in the Valley was over, as the river Jhelum was flowing below the alarm level at the three gauges along its course from south to north.
“Jhelum is flowing below the alert level at Sangam, Ram Munshi Bagh and Asham. At Ram Munshi Bagh, the water level is below the alert level of 16 feet. And as such there is no flood threat now,” chief engineer flood control Javed Jaffar told Kashmir Reader.
He said the “weather behaved well”, which helped the water level to come down at the Jhelum.
According to meteorological department officials, Srinagar received 0.2 mm rainfall from 8:30am to 5:30pm Saturday, while the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 17.3 and 8.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
Gulmarg, a famous tourist resort in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley, where minimum temperature was recorded at minus 0.6 Degree Celsius.
Pahalgam, another hill resort in the south Kashmir received 1.2 mm rainfall, as the day and night temperatures were recorded at 14.2 and 3.2 degrees Celsius.
“Light rains, thundershowers would occur at few places over the state in the next 24 hours,” they added.
However, despite the sunny day, the residents of Dal Lake and its peripheries continue to reel under fear due to the rising water level. A rise of four inches in the past 24 hours, has submerged more interior localities of the Dal Lake.
The officials, however, maintain that the situation was not grim and that the water level will start receding soon.
“The water level in Dal Lake is at 12.7 feet. We have thrown open Brari Nambal gate to discharge excess waters of Dal Lake. Once the water level in Jhelum reduces further, we might also open Gaw Kadal gate. It will surely bring us a lot of relief,” Sarmad Hafeez, Vice-chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that if it doesn’t rain, the water level in lake will recede below the alarm level of 12 feet by Sunday morning.

6 houses damaged in Baramulla
Six houses were damaged in Baramulla district after being hit by landslides, reports said. Two houses belonging to Abdul Hamid Khan and his daughter were damaged in a landslide in Noorbagh, Sopore. Four houses were damaged at Gohan, Katyanwali and Hajibal.
Reports said that panic has gripped Limber village in the border town Uri after dozens of houses developed cracks due to land sinking.
An official spokesman said that Baramulla deputy commissioner Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Mir visited various affected areas of the district and ordered evacuation of 62 affected families to safer places.