Alert sounded in J&K as Jhelum river crosses danger mark

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A flood alert was sounded in low-lying areas in Srinagar, on 13 July, as the Jhelum river has crossed the danger mark, following incessant rainfall.

The water level in the river was 19.10 feet on 13 July, which is above the danger mark, local flood control department officials said.

They added that, the water level at Sangam in Anantnag district, was measured at 22.30 feet below the danger mark.

Javaid Jaffar, chief engineer of flood control department, told reporters that, the rise in Jhelum river has been caused by cloudbursts in the catchment areas of the Lidder stream, a major tributary of the river in south Kashmir areas, adding that, arrangements are in place to meet any emergency.

The local weather office said that the monsoon is robust over Jammu and Kashmir, due to which heavy rains have lashed most areas in the Jammu region, as moderate rainfall occurred in the Valley.

“Wet weather is likely to continue in J&K during the next three days though the intensity is likely to decrease from 13 July onwards,” the weather office said.

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