Update: Jhelum goes below danger level, Rajnath says situation under control





The Jhelum flood, which had claimed 18 lives, has subsided to a much safer level. Authorities say that they are much better prepared this year, unlike last year when heavy floods caught the state by surprise and killed more than 250 people. The weather has improved in the state, with water dipping below one and a half feet in the city. Weathermen report of an expectation of light to moderate rainfall over the next few days.

The Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the situation was not as grave as last time and more assistance would be provided if necessary.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued a flood alert in the state after incessant rains caused the water level of river Jhelum to cross the danger mark . The scare comes within months after the state was hit by one of the worst floods in its history in September last year causing large-scale devastation. The authorities have urged people in low-lying areas to move to safer places.

In wake of the flood scare, Prime Minister Modi has deputed Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to survey the affected areas and assess the crisis. Mr. Naqvi told reporters that the PM has expressed deep concern and is committed towards providing assistance to the state.

Jammu & Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed also flew from Delhi to take stock of the situation. He announced compensation for people who have been affected by the flood.

Referring to it as a ‘bloody sense of déjà vu’, former CM Omar Abdullah had tweeted , “Clearly the situation is a cause for concern considering the forecast over the next few days.” He also urged the government of India “to operate some additional flights between Jammu & Srinagar” for people stuck in flood-prone areas.


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