Srinagar: Continuous rainfall over the last four days has created a flood-like situation in parts of the valley, especially in localities situated near rivers, and lakes.
Authorities on Wednesday sounded a flood alarm in Srinagar after the water level in river Jhelum flowed above the danger mark at Ram Munshi Bagh here. Many areas, especially the Bemina locality of the city, have already submerged under water.
“Water breached in our locality at 9 in the morning after a river wall broke, which resulted in turning the flow of flood water towards the residential areas,” says a resident of Bemina Srinagar, Fidrous Ahmad.
Quoting an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department Kashmir, a local news agency reported that the river Jhelum was flowing at 16.21-ft at Ram Munshibagh, 0.21-ft above the alarm level of 16 ft, only 1.69-ft below the flood level at 18-ft.
“The inhabitants residing along the River Jhelum in the south and central Kashmir are requested to remain vigilant,” he said.
While Jhelum was flowing at its lowest in several years until recently, rains from the last few days brought about a considerable rise in the water level.
Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vishow Nallah at Khudwani receded from 10.7mm at noon to 9.71mm at 2 p.m which is still above the danger mark of 7.0mm there.
Nallah Lidder near Batkoot was flowing at 1.19mm against 1.21mm at noon, Doodhganga Nallah at Barzulla was flowing at 2.78mm against the dangerous mark of 3.8mm, Sindh Nallah at Doderhama was flowing 3.27mm against 3.36mm at noon which was above the mark of 3.5mm when the alarm is sounded there and 3.65m (when a flood is declared).
He said that Sukhnag Nallah at Arizal was flowing at 0.52mm (receding) against 1.3mm (flood alarm) and 1.8mm (flood), and Ferozpora Nallah at Drung in Tangmarg was flowing at 1.30mm (receding) against (1.85mm when flood alarm is sounded)/2.0mm (when a flood is declared).
Pohru Nallah at Seelu was flowing at 3.56mm (rising) against 4.2mm (flood alarm) and 4.6mm (when a flood is declared).