Jhelum crosses danger mark; flood alert sounded in Kashmir

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kashmirThe levels of the Jhelum river, crossed the danger mark this morning, leading to a flood alert, in parts of Kashmir. The river exceeded the limits at Sangam, in Anantnag, marking 26.80 feet and at Ram Munshibagh, marking 19.80 feet. “A high flood alert has been sounded in the Kashmir Valley. All staff with flood protection duties have been ordered to report on duty,” said an official, of the Provincial Administration, Kashmir.

Flood waters of local river, Vassu, inundated the low lying areas in the Kulgam district of South Kashmir. People from the villages here, have left for safer places, following the damage of over a dozen houses, due to floods. Rivers, mountain streams and seasonal rivulets, have swollen after incessant rainfall, since Wednesday.

Forecasting more rainfalls till Thursday evening, a Met officer here, has said that, the weather would start to improve from the evening. The situation follows the great Kashmir flood of last September, evoking enough anxiety among people and local administrations.

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