As the incessant rains continued to lash Kashmir valley since Sunday, Irrigation and Flood Control Department Monday said it has already alarmed its staff to tackle with any possible flood threat.
Rains which caused inundation in several areas of Srinagar and other valley parts have also raised the water level in river Jehlum- compelling the authorities to remain on the tenterhooks once again.
Talking to KNS, chief engineer I&FC Mir Javed Jaffar said the recent water level at Ram Munshi Bagh was 16.7 and it continues to rise. “Once it crosses 18 feet mark- it will be danger mark but the department is ready to cope up with any situation,” he said.
However, Jaffar was quick to add that the spell of rains has stooped on Monday and this has given relief in terms of the rise in water level at Jehlum. “At present there is no flood threat as the stop in precipitation has brought some relief. We have already alarmed the staff to remain on alert so that to cope with any kind of situation,” he added.
At least 16 people were killed due to flash floods and landslides in Kashmir in three days last month. The situation didn’t only terrify the locals but also made them to move towards the safer places while leaving homes behind. The state authorities also remained on tenterhooks, trying every measure to avert nature’s fury again.
The property worth trillions got damaged in the catastrophic floods of floods 2014 with people of valley yet to come out of that trauma of devastation.