Swelling Jehlum Triggers Flood Threat In Kashmir

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“More rains can change the scenario and if the water level touched 16 feet, we have to issue advisory.”

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Srinagar: The interrupted rainfall and the melting snow at glaciers is triggering panic across Kashmir valley with the swelling of river Jehlum.

The experts believe that moderate to heavy rainfall may trigger floods across valley since the capacity of Jehlum is rising towards concerning level.

Low lying areas of Dal Lake have already submerged.

Melting snow in the upper areas due to increase in temperature resulted in the constant increase in the water level in the Jhelum.

The water level was recorded at 15.35 ft on Friday evening at Ram Munshi Bagh Srinagar.

In case of more rainfall there are chances of floods.

 The experts attribute the present threat of floods to the heavy snowfall at upper reaches and diminishing capacity of flood channel and other water bodies.

 The water level in Dal Lake was recorded as 11.11 ft on Friday evening, a LAWDA official said. “Several low lying areas in and around Dal Lake are submerged and we have informed the Divisional administration regarding the issue,|” said he.

During incessant rains and snow earlier this month the water level at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar touched the 15.00 ft mark against the alarming level of 16.00 ft and flood level of 19.00 ft.

Executive Engineer, irrigation and flood control Sartaj Singh said that more rains can change the scenario and if the water level touched 16 feet, we have to issue advisory.

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