Schools closed today
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Srinagar: As the water level in the Jhelum river crossed the danger mark at Sangam in southern Kashmir, after heavy rains continued to lash the Valley for the second consecutive day, the government declared a flood situation in southern Kashmir areas and also warned of a flood-like situation in Srinagar.
Chief Engineer at Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Mir Muhammad Shahnawaz, told Kashmir Reader that three major river tributaries including Rambiyara, Lidder and Vaishnaw that flow from southern Kashmir have crossed the danger mark, while the Jhelum has crossed the danger mark at Sangam.
He said that the Jhelum is below the danger mark at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, but the water level continues to rise every single hour.
Shahnawaz said the level at Sangam was 22.05 ft, at Ram Munshibagh 14.34 ft, and at Asham 5.16 ft at 7pm. “The danger level at Sangam is 21 ft,” he said.
The three major tributaries that converge into Jhelum and are flowing above danger mark are Vaishnaw Nallah that originates in Kulgam, Rambiyara Nallah that originates at Shopian, and Lidder Nallah.
The gauge reading of these tributaries at 5pm was recorded as: Vaishnaw Nallah at Khudwani 9.24 m, Rambiyara Nallah at Vachi 3.63 m, and Lidder Nallah at Batkoot 1.66 m.
The chief engineer said that people residing near these streams in low-lying areas should remain vigilant.
Officials at the Meteorological Department said that Kokernag in Anantnag district received the highest rainfall on Friday, with 22.7 mm recorded till 5:30pm. Neighbouring Qazigund received 26 mm of rainfall by that time.
Pahalgam received 14 mm of rainfall by evening and Srinagar received 12.6 mm. Gulmarg received 12.6 mm while Kupwara received 5 mm of rainfall.
Meanwhile, the government announced that all schools in Kashmir will remain closed on Saturday in view of flood threat.
“All schools including higher secondry schools in Kashmir will remain closed tomorrow,” Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan told Kashmir Reader.
Incessant rains lashed Kashmir on Friday prompting the government to declare flood threat in south Kashmir