The water level at Dal Lake reached to its highest level of 12.7 feet on Saturday.
Talking to KNS, VC LAWDA Sarmad Hafeez said that the level rerecorded Saturday at Dal was 12.7 feet which is highest so far this year. He added that the water has entered into the inner hamlets of Dal but the families there have been evacuated safely and given shelter at Shalimar.
Sarmad maintained that to control the rising water levels, LWDA has opened the gate at Brari Nambal and Gaw Kadal while as the gate at Nallah Ameer Khan has already been opened to tame the flood threats at Dal. “Our actions are all related to the water level at Jehlum. Now we have the reports that Jehlum waters have started receding, we feel comfortable in opening up the gates so that the level at Dal could somehow get decreased,” he said.
Sarmad added that as the weather forecast has predicted no rainfall for the next four days, there would be no rise in Dal Waters and Dal Lock gates could also be opened.
Locals were earlier up in arms as they faced hardships as water overflowed from Dal Lake due to rainfall and entered residential areas. Reports informed that people got stuck inside their houses and were using boats as a means of transportation. Families living around the lake were worried that inadequate flood-control infrastructure in the region could lead to deaths and damage.