FLOOD ALERT in Kashmir as Jhelum river crosses danger mark in Srinagar


Six months after the devastating floods which caused huge damage across Kashmir, the Valley is once again on the edge.

A flood alert has been issued in Srinagar by the government after Jhelum river today crossed danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state which sounded an  alert asking people to move to safer places.

The government has asked people living on the banks of the river to leave their homes and move to safer places, since water levels have been rising throughout the day.

A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 am at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22′.4 feet and 18′.8 feet respectively.

Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.

People living on the banks of the river Jhelum have been asked to remain alert and advised to move to safer places. Old persons and children have also been asked to shift to specially set up camps, a government spokesman has said.

He said all the employees deployed for flood control have been asked to report for duty immediately.

If the water level breaches 23 feet mark, the state will have to undertake a massive rescue operations and evacuate people from areas adjoining the river.

Source: PTI