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Srinagar: The government on Friday declared floods in parts of south Kashmir and Srinagar as the water levels continued to increase in Jhelum due to the incessant rains that lashed Jammu and Kashmir since Wednesday evening.

As per fresh initials from Irrigation and flood Control Department, the gauge at the Sangam point crossed the danger mark due to continuous raining from past two days. The gauge at Sangam Anantnag is 23.16 ft., Ram Munshibagh Srinagar is 20.82ft., and Asham Baramulla is 11.33 ft. at 9 am.

Chief Engineer Mir Muhammad Shahnawaz Ahmad of IFCD, warned the people residing along the embankments of river Jhelum of south Kashmir to remain vigilant. “The Lidder nallah, Vaisho nallah including the Sangam have crossed the danger level. After crossing the 21 feet mark, we are declaring floods,” He said they had already asked people to remain cautious. “We have already deputed the staff on the ground and they are continuously monitoring the water levels at different places,”

The local MET department has also issued an alert, indicating floods and landslide in low-lying areas.
“There are chances of flash floods, minor floods and water logging in low lying areas. People are requested to remain calm but vigilant. To remain prepared is better,” Director of Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus said.

He said there was a gradual decrease in rainfall and weather was likely to improve from June 30. “But from July 2 and 3, there will again be heavy rainfall. So it is better to remain vigilant and prepared,”

As per the Metrological department, Leh has recorded 4.5 mm rains, Pahalgam 58 mm, Chandanwari 22mm, Anantnag 76 mm, Panjtarni 82 mm, Srinagar 22 mm, Baltal 11 mm, Batote 117.6mm, Ramban 93 mm, Pulwama 42 mm, Gund 68 mm, Jammu 46 mm, Kathua 20 mm.

“It has been raining continuously since 27 June night in most parts of Jammu Kashmir regions. South and East Kashmir including the hilly areas of Jammu region received heavy rainfall. So there is a significant increase in the water levels in nallahs and rivers,” Lotus said.

Heavy rains have also triggered landslides at some places along the nearly Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only all-weather road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country. Superintendent of Police (SP), Rural Traffic Kashmir, Muzaffar Ahmed Shah said that Traffic police and Beacon officials are monitoring the Jammu and Kashmir national highway and traffic is playing smoothly. However, landslides were triggered at different places on the highway which caused inconvenience. But we have been continuously clearing the road so that traffic movement would is not affected.

Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) also claims to have started the dewatering process but many localities in the city still remain inundated which include Khanyar, Fateh Kadal, Baba Demb, Batamaloo interiors, and Jahangir Chowk.The residents said they were facing immense hardships as their areas were getting submerged and appealed authorities to look into the matter at the earliest. “Whenever there is water logging in several areas including the low-lying areas of the city, all the dewatering pumps are on the job. There are several places in the city that suffer water logging because of the old drainage system,” said Superintending Engineer Imtiyaz Ahmad Qazi, who handles the City drainage. “All low-lying areas are being dewatered manually or by employing dewatering pumps.”

According to the officials, besides sucker machines and mobile pumps, the entire concerned sanitation staff has been pressed into service since early morning.“Dewatering exercise which is personally being monitored by Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmed Wani is being carried out in inundated areas including Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Jahangir Chowk, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar and other areas,” officials said.

They said all the dewatering stations including mobile pumps had been kept operational.
Meanwhile, the control room was already activated and the general public can contact helpline 2474499 to report submergence from their concerned areas.

The Jammu Kashmir Police has set up helplines in Anantnag and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir for the general public to provide any assistance and advised people to contact helpline Anantnag on 9596777669 and 9419051940 and helpline Kulgam on 01931260486, 7051510660 in case of any assistance required. Besides that, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra has called for an emergency meeting at his residence on Saturday to discuss the arising flood situation across Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the annual Amarnath Yatra remained suspended on Saturday due to incessant rains across Jammu and Kashmir.



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