Flood threat eases as water bodies recede in Kashmir

Flood threat
A duo looks on as the flood water seeps into paddy fields in Pinglena village of J&K's Pulwama district

SRINAGAR — With rain receding, the flood threat in Kashmir eased considerably as the water level in Jhelum and other water bodies reduced, warding off the flood threats.

According to an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department, the water level in Jhelum at Sangam gauge in south Kashmir was at 18.29 at noon on Thursday. However, the level was still above the ‘flood declaration mark’ of 18-ft.

At Ram Munshi Bagh, the Jhelum was flowing at 19.2-ft at noon against 19.77-ft at 4 AM today. “The water level is expected to reduce further as the day progresses,” said the official. The water level was still above the danger mark of 18-ft when a flood was declared in Srinagar.

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At Asham in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the official said, the Jhelum level was at 12.58ft, almost 2-ft below the mark when the flood is sounded there.

Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level has receded below the threat level now. He said Vishow Nallah at Khudwani Kulgam was flowing at 5.81m against the flood mark of 7.0m. “At noon on June 22, the water level in Vaishaw Nallah at Khudwani Kulgam had reached 10.7m,” he said.

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Similarly, the level at Rambiara Nallah at Wachi Shopian at noon was 1.99m against the danger mark of 5.7m while the Nallah Lidder at Batkoot was flowing at 0.76m against the danger level of 1.65m.

Doodhganga Nallah at Barzulla here was flowing at 1.78m against the dangerous mark of 3.8m; Sindh Nallah at Doderhama was flowing 1.99m against 3.36m at last (June 22) noon.

Meanwhile, as per the MeT department, weather is likely to remain generally dry in J&K till the month-end and there is no danger of flood in the union territory as of now.

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