SRINAGAR: A brief lull in three days of continuous rainfall made water levels in the roaring Jhelum come down on Sunday. However, there is likeliness of more rain from Monday afternoon and may continue till Tuesday.
At 9pm Sunday, as per the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the water level in Jhelum at Sangam in south Kashmir was 15.05 feet, in the safe “green zone” instead of the dangerous “red zone”. At Srinagar, where the water level had reached close to 22 feet on Saturday, the level came down to 17.9 feet. At Asham in north Kashmir, the level was 13 feet.
“The rainfall will resume from Monday afternoon. It will be moderate in the evening and also on Tuesday. From Wednesday onwards, the weather will improve again,” director of J&K meteorological department, Sonum Lotus, told Kashmir Reader.
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway will remain open for traffic from both directions, subject to fair weather, an official statement said. However, commuters have been advised to avoid travelling during night hours.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, said that the flood-control drill will continue for three months from now. An official handout quoted him as saying that the administration is fully geared for rescue and rehabilitation wherever required.
He said 44 relief camps have now been established in Srinagar, each camp having been set up at a catchment location. He said all camps have been equipped with essential facilities ranging from shelter to food.
In an official meeting, the Divisional Commissioner was informed that the PHE department had deployed 28 water tankers at relief centres, while the Srinagar Municipal Corporation had pressed into service 23 de-watering pumps in addition to the 80 de-watering pumps already operational in various areas of the city.
It was informed that 133 boats have been deployed at various flood-prone areas while 14 boats and 30 shikaras have been kept as standby arrangements. Apart from this, 8 rescue boats are in ready position at Dal Lake and Jhelum, besides a contingent of 20 volunteers for rescue efforts.
The Divisional Commissioner directed SMC to make available de-watering pumps at all flood-prone areas. He asked officers of SMC to make available mobile toilets at campsites. He issued directions to officers of the Health Department to stock adequate medicines, particularly chlorine tablets, at each relief centre.
He also directed authorities of Red Cross to keep available drinking water bottles and adequate quantity of other eatables at every relief centre.