New Delhi, July 1: Even though the Met officials have said that the weather in Jammu and Kashmir will improve from Sunday, the authorities are taking no chances to keep themselves prepared for the worst. The schools in various areas of Kashmir have been closed, relief camps have been set up and people have been asked to be prepared for evacuation, if needed. Also Read - J&K: 50% Rebate on Water And Electricity Bills | L-G Manoj Sinha Announces Rs 1,350 cr Economic Package for UT
“We are all monitoring the situation on a regular, minute-to-minute basis. Should there be any need for evacuation, we will announce it, particularly in low-lying areas and we have adequately equipped the disaster relief centres,” Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, DC of Srinagar, was quoted as saying. Also Read - Record 3,186 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Along LoC In Past Eight Months, Highest Since 2003
Flood control rooms and helplines have been set up in all districts of the Valley where the concerned district magistrates are personally supervising the relief and rescue preparedness. People living in low lying areas and along mountain streams have been advised to remain alert and not to venture near the swollen water bodies. Also Read - Indian Army Says Its Troops 'Exceeded' Powers Under AFSPA in Shopian Encounter, Initiates Disciplinary Proceedings
Three deaths have so far been reported due to Kashmir floods. People living in the flood-prone areas of Kashmir have reportedly said that they will be in trouble if another flood hits the Valley. “We are awake all night, watching the river to check the flow of water. We returned home at 3 in the night, that’s when water entered our home,” one Obaid Imtiyaz told NDTV.
Timely action by the authorities on Saturday saved south Kashmir’s Pampore town from being inundated as the flood situation continued to remain grim in the Kashmir Valley. Police, roads and buildings department and the border roads organisation personnel plugged a breach in the embankment of River Jhelum in Pampore area saving the town.
Many low lying areas in Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and other places have been facing problems of waterlogging and accumulation of rainwater in congested residential areas.
Meanwhile, Sonam Lotus, director of the MET department told IANS that there had been relatively lesser rainfall in the Kashmir Valley during the last 12 hours as compared to the previous corresponding period. “There would be light rainfall in the state during the next 24 hours (till Sunday) and there is no likelihood of any major flood in the valley. At the same time, the possibility of low lying areas getting inundated cannot be ruled out. People need not panic, but remain alert,” Lotus said.
With agency inputs