Jhelum recedes but fear of flood continues

RSTV Bureau

kashmir_floodsFresh rainfalls raised the fear of floods in Kashmir Valley though the water level in river Jhelum continues to recede for the second consecutive day.

Rainfall, which began last night and is expected to continue for the next two days, could again cause surge in the water level of Jhelum and its tributaries, officials said.

So far 16 people have lost their lives due to the flash floods caused by heavy rains in the valley.

Jhelum was flowing at 11.70 feet at Sangam in south Kashmir, way below the flood level of 21 feet while the level at Ram Munshi Bagh was 15.35 feet against the flood level of 19 feet, they said.

“The water level has decreased considerably since yesterday morning,” an official said.

“All the contingency plans are in place . . . temporary shelters have been set up for people evacuated from flood prone areas,” he said.

Heavy rainfall since Saturday has resulted in death of 15 persons in Chadoora area of Budgam district.One person trapped in the landslide was also feared dead but there was no confirmation. One person had died in flash floods in Udhampur area of Jammu region.

Opposition slams state govt over partiality

There was a pandemonium inside the J&K legislative assembly on Wednesday as the opposition led by National Conference accused Mufti government of not handling the crises deftly. They also accused the state government of discriminating against the Kashmir Valley over the distribution of power sector funds. As the Assembly witnessed continued disruption, the Speaker adjourn the house for ten minutes.

However, the ruckus continued even after the house reassembled with NC members raising the issue of release of funds for the repair of damaged transformers.

The government planning department on Tuesday released an amount of Rs 3.5 crore for the repair of damaged power transformers in the state, out of which Rs 2.5 crore was released for Jammu and Rs 1 crore for Kashmir Valley.

“Why this discrimination with the people of Kashmir who have suffered more due to the incessant rains and floods. The power infrastructure in Kashmir valley has suffered more damage because of the floods,” NC member Nazir said.

“We will not tolerate this discrimination with the people of Kashmir, we are not against Jammu but Kashmir must get a fair deal as well,” NC member Altaf Kalu said.

Defending the government’s actions, BJP member Ravinder Raina said, “Because of heavy rainfall, the transformers in Jammu have suffered huge damage and in the wake of upcoming summer season they need immediate repair. I don’t think there is any discrimination in this”.