Natural Disasters

Flood alert sounded in Srinagar

Signal given after the Jhelum river crossed the flood alert mark in the city

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Friday 07 April 2017 | 18:04:12 PM
Bridge over the Jhelum in Srinagar  Credit: Flickr
Bridge over the Jhelum in Srinagar  Credit: Flickr Bridge over the Jhelum in Srinagar Credit: Flickr

A flood alert has been sounded in Srinagar, the main city of the Kashmir Valley after the Jhelum river, which flows through the city, crossed the flood alert mark due to incessant rains.

According to local website "Kashmir Life", the water level in the river has increased by more than two feet in the last five hours.

Gauge readings at various bridge crossings on the river reflected this. At 2 pm on Thursday, the level was 19.05 feet at Sangam, 16.50 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh and 9.33 feet at Asham.

In Srinagar, a flood warning is declared when the water level reaches 18 feet in Sangam, 16 ft in Ram Munshi Bagh and 13 feet in Achan. A flood is actually declared when water levels reach 21 feet in Sangam, 18 feet in Ram Munshi Bagh and 14 feet in Achan.

The state meteorological department has predicted that weather is likely to improve from Friday.


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