Srinagar(web team): Specter of last year's devastating floods has returned to haunt the people in the Kashmir valley. Heavy rains pounded several areas of Kashmir damaging many houses and led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway because of landslides. Rains since yesterday has resulted in damage to at least 44 structures, including 18 houses, due to landslides in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Kashmir, officials said.
Jhelum river today crossed danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state which sounded an alert asking people to move to safer places.
A Joint Control Room has been established comprising f representatives of Police, CA&PD, R&B, Flood Control, PDD, Municipal Council, Fire & Emergency Services, & Mechanical Engineering Departments.
Jhelum river has crosses danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir
A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 AM at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22'.4 feet and 18'.8 feet respectively. Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.
People living on the banks of the river Jhelum have been asked to remain alert and advised to move to safer places. Old persons and children have also been asked to shift to specially set up camps, a government spokesman has said.
100 NDRF personnel to rush to Kashmir Valley
Two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel will be rushed to Jammu and Kashmir as part of contingency measures in the wake of the flood alert in the state.
The two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, comprising 50 personnel each, will take an early morning IAF plane tomorrow from Bhatinda in Punjab to Srinagar.
"We are pre-positioning two of our teams in the Kashmir Valley in order to combat any situation in the wake of flood alert.
All precautionary measures have been put in place, says DCM Dr. Nirmal Singh
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Sunday assured there was no need to panic in the wake of heavy rains in the Kashmir, as the government was on full alert.
"The state administration is on full alert in the wake of heavy rains in the Valley. The situation is being monitored continuously," Singh informed the Assembly here after members from different parties raised the issue of the flood threat.
"People should not panic and assured that all precautionary measures have been put in place," he said.
221 families evacuated to safer places
The government has evacuated 221 families to safer places due to heavy rains causing soil erosion and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Budgam district of the state.
State Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today told the Assembly that due to the continuous downpour various areas of Budgam have been affected by way of land erosion and landslides and 221 families have been shifted to safer areas.The minister said 221 families of Chillan Chotinar, Tilsara, Charar-e-Sharief, Nilnag Nagam, Watkloo, Ladden, Bringan, Nego, Hangoo Suresyar, Kumar Mohalla Nagam, Freswar Khansahib, Shalinar Khansahib, Kristwar Chadoora, Suresyar and Branwar villages evacuated.
10 kg rice has been provided to the each affected family, besides it has also been ensured that all basic amenities are provided to them.He said the district administration, under the supervision of the deputy commissioner, is taking stock of the situation.
Agencies on alert
All agencies including Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED), Fire and Emergency service are on the job and have been told to remain extra alert.
Meanwhile, DGP K Rajendra Kumar has directed all ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Police to extend their help to the civil administration and public.