Kashmir on edge

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

Kashmir Valley remained on the edge Wednesday as more families moved to safer areas following the incessant rains and forecast of downpour for next 48-hours.

Even as the water level in the Jhelum kept on receding for most of the day, it started rising in the evening at Sangam, official said.

While the water level in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge went down through the day to 10.75 feet at 5 p.m. to 11 feet at 8 p.m. at Srinagar gauge—Ram Munshi Bagh—the level remained stagnant at 14.60 feet from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Moderate to rather heavy rain/thundershower will occur at most places over the state,” a spokesman of the local meteorological department said told GNS.

Sources said that due to the forecast and relentless rains, hundreds of families living close to water bodies moved to safer places.

Meanwhile, a house collapsed at Nari-bal Amda Kadal in Lal Bazar area. The one-storey house belonging to the family of late Ghulam Qadir, crumpled as it premises remained inundated for last nearly a month.

According to the locals, premises of many houses in the area remained under water with government doing just little to pump out the water.

“On the directions by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, fire services department started dewatering but it proved in adequate as most of the area remained under water,” they said.

They urged authorities to take immediate steps to dewater entire area, lest houses in neighborhood will also collapse.

Meanwhile, in view of the forecast made by Metrological Department, District Administration Srinagar has made all preparatorycontingency arrangements to facilitate people.

As per communiqué of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, the people can contact joint Control Room established at Police Control Room Srinagar for any flood related information on Phone No. (0194-2474040), (0194-2452138) and (0194-24509464).

The District Administration has established 42 rescue/relief operation camps at different locations.

Regarding availability of essential commodities, the communiqué reveals that 3132600 quintals of rice, 19000 quintals of sugar, 16600 quintals of atta, 1693400 quintals of wheat are available at different outlets of CA&PD besides 71314 LPG cylinders and 18514 cylinders of packed Chl.

It was further informed that as many as 3900 tents, 6000 blankets and 900 hand torches are available with District Administration.

The District Administration has also kept 217 trucks and buses at various Police Stations and Relief Camping locations.

As per details, 15 trucks have been kept available at various Police Stations of Srinagar district whileas 182 trucks at CA&PD department Kashmir, 10 trucks at Police Control Room, 4 trucks at other departments besides 3 buses each at relief camping location Sanat Nagar and EDI Pampore.

Meanwhile, according to a communication received from the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, an avalanche warning exists for next 24 hours from April 01 to April 02, 2015 in the avalanche prone areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.

In view of the above, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts are requested to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during above mentioned period. During heavy snowfall, people are advised not to occupy and temporarily evacuate those locations which are under fall line of avalanches.

The concerned Deputy Commissioners are asked to take all precautionary measures so as to avert any untoward incident.

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