Jhelum river crosses danger mark in Srinagar, South Kashmir

Srinagar: 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 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.

Vehicles move along a flooded road in Srinagar after heavy rainfall on March 29, 2015. Parts of Srinagar were waterlogged following sustained rains since March 28, with forecasters warning the wet weather would likely continue. Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains devastated parts of Indian-administered Kashmir in September 2014. Pic/ AFP

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.

He said all the employees deployed for flood control have been asked to report for duty immediately.

If the water level breaches 23 feet mark, the state will have to undertake a massive rescue operations and evacuate people from areas adjoining the river.

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