Rain stops, flood threat over

Rain stops, flood threat over

SRINAGAR: The intermittent rainfall that pounded the Valley since Saturday evening stopped on Monday afternoon, prompting authorities to announce that there is no threat of a flood.
Chief engineer Irrigation and Flood control (IFC) department Javed Jaffer told Kashmir Reader that water level in the Jhelum, which had risen to near danger mark, has started to recede.
He said water level dropped by several feet at Sangam, where the southern flood gauge is located, while in Srinagar the water level which had touched 19.40 ft, has not risen for several hours now.
“This means water level in the river has dropped and therefore there is no flood threat as of now,” he said.
Sonam Lotus, director meteorological department, told Kashmir Reader that the weather is likely to improve from Monday evening and expected to remain clear till July 16. He said that there are chances that some areas might receive moderate to heavy rainfall during this period.
“The worst part is over, now the weather will remain clear,” Sonum Lotus said.
On Monday morning, IFC department had asked people living on the banks of river Jhelum to remain vigilant.
Till Monday afternoon, the water level at Sangam was above 22 feet (red) while at Ram Munshibagh (Srinagar gauge) it was 19.5 feet (red).
The two-day rainfall—intermittent in Srinagar and heavy in south Kashmir—had raised water level in the river by about 10 feet.
The yatra to the Amarnath cave that was suspended from Baltal and Pahalgam due to bad weather on Sunday was resumed, while the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for traffic till last reports.