Srinagar, June 30: As incessant rains continued for the second consecutive day, Jammu and Kashmir authorities declared flood in Valley on Saturday asking people in low-lying areas to remain extremely alert and vigilant. “Flood has been declared. We’ve requested people in low-lying areas to be extremely alert and vigilant but a call for evacuation has not been made yet. There is no need to panic. We’ve identified a dozen relief camps. 17 SDRF teams have been deployed,” said Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah. Also Read - J&k: 3 Families Lodge Missing Report Alleging Killing of Their Kins in Fake Encounter Case; Police Match DNA Samples
According to reports, 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. Volunteers of disaster management and state police are continuously monitoring the situation along the embankments of River Jhelum to ensure that any breach in the embankment is plugged in time. Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra May Not Resume From August 16 as 11 People Test Positive in Trikuta Hills
Meanwhile, the Amarnath Yatra which was started on June 28 has also been suspended by the authorities with no pilgrim was allowed to move towards the cave Shrine from either the Baltal base camp in north Kashmir or Pahalgam base camp in south Kashmir.
“Yatra continues to remain suspended as both the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps were lashed by heavy rains during the last two days,” officials said adding “Due to slippery trek routes and bad weather, no Yatri was allowed to move towards the Cave Shrine from either base camp.”
Following the heavy rainfall, schools across the Valley will also remain closed till the situation is normalised. Meanwhile, an official of the MET office said the weather was likely to improve today.
Earlier in the day, Governor NN Vohra also called an emergency meeting at Raj Bhavan to discuss the flood situation in Kashmir.
Raising a question on PDP-BJP government’s measures to avoid flood situation in the state, former chief minister Omar Abdullah asked,”What was the PDP-BJP government doing after the devastating floods of 2014? What happened to the dredging of the Jhelum? Why was the carrying capacity of the flood channel not increased? Where did the money go?”
The rising water level has induced fear among the residents of a re-run of 2014 floods that left 300 people dead and caused widespread devastation.