Flood in Srinagar, Jhelum above danger mark

RSTV Bureau

flood_kashmirA flood alert was sounded in Srinagar city on Thursday as River Jhelum was flowing four feet above the danger mark after incessant rain, while 23 villages have been inundated by floods in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag and Kulgam.

Incessant rain over the past three days has wreaked havoc in many parts of the Valley including south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts.

Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah said that the Flood alert has been signaled in Srinagar city and all emergency services have been informed to remain active.

He also said that the River Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh was flowing at 22 feet, above the danger mark. Two persons were washed away at Aboora, Budgam district on Wednesday while nearly 100 persons trapped in flood waters in south Kashmir were evacuated to safety places.

A senior official said that 23 villages in south Kashmir have been affected so far. Some parts of Srinagar city were also reported over flooded.

Shah further added that the district administration has been monitoring the situation round-the-clock and taking necessary steps to provide relief to the affected people.

An official of the Weather department said that the Qazigund in south Kashmir received 156.7 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours up to 8.30 AM on Thursday

Srinagar recorded 52 mm rainfall in the corresponding period while Kupwara in north Kashmir received 119.4 mm rainfall.