Flood alert in Srinagar's low-lying areas

A houseboat capsized during heavy rains at Jehlum, in Srinagar. PTI Photo

Intermittent rains continued in Kashmir on Saturday with authorities sounding a flood alert in central Kashmir, even as water levels started receding in the southern parts of the Valley.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said the people living in low-lying areas and embankments of river Jhelum in Srinagar were requested to be alert and prepared for evacuation.

“We have issued a flood alert for low-lying areas of Srinagar,” he said.

The schools across the valley were closed on Saturday in view of the inclement weather.

"The gauge at Ram Munshi Bagh crossed the flood declaration of 18 feet and was flowing at 20.87 feet at 10 am," an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said.

"The staff deputed on flood duty in central Kashmir is directed to report to their sectors and beats," the official added.

In south Kashmir after the water level crossed the flood declaration level of 21 feet at Sangam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a flood alert was sounded on Friday.

While the water level at Sangam at 10 am on Saturday morning was 23.06 feet – still above the critical mark – the water has started receding there. At 9 am the water level was 23.16 feet.

Kashmir valley experienced rainfall over the past three days and the downpour intensified in many parts, including the summer capital of the state, on Friday.

The rising water levels induced fear among the Valley residents of a re-run of 2014 floods that caused widespread devastation and left over 300 people dead.

An official of the MET office said the weather was likely to improve on Saturday.

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