SRINAGAR: When people offer jobs to machines and work on auto-pilot, it does happen. For the whole day, media reported about the Jhelum crossing the danger mark and once the panic subsided with the sunlight returning to the streets, Irrigation and Flood Control found its application was sick.

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“Due to some technical error, our App is wrongly showing Sangam at “Above Danger mark” in Red color beyond 21 feet mark. The actual danger mark at Sangam is 25 feet,” the department said in a ‘clarification’ that it posted on Twitter. “We have taken the matter with our support team, inconvenience is deeply regretted.”

Tragically, the officials assigned the job did not find time to check their own app till Kashmir was literally busy reviving their September 2014 memories.

The admission led the virtual visitors to react strongly. Some said the Irrigation and Flood Control seemingly is in the race with JK Bank, whose applications have also started failing.

“Your blunder made vulnerable people think and plan differently. Have some professionalism,” one response on FB read.

Asks officers to deploy men, machinery and sand bags at vulnerable spots.

And when the people started breathing easy, the departmnet tweeted. “The Flood Declaration mark of 18 feet at Ram Munshibagh has been touched. The habitation residing along the River Jhelum in South/Central/North Kashmir are requested to remain vigilant The flood duty as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is in force.”


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