New Delhi, June 30: In the wake of the incessant rains in Kashmir and an increase in the water level of Jhelum river above the critical 21 feet mark in Anantnag district hence, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, on Friday, issued a flood advisory. All the schools in the valley will remain shut today as the Met department has predicted more rain on Saturday, June 30. The first term exams of class 6th, 7th and 8th have also been postponed due to Kashmir flood alert. Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra to Begin From August 16 as Jammu and Kashmir Announces Reopening of Religious Places

An official said that the decision to shut all the schools on Saturday has been taken as a “precautionary measure” in view of the flood threat announced by the Irrigation and Flood Department, Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Srinagar: Two Cops Killed in Terrorist Attack at Nowgam Bypass, Area Cordoned Off

Authorities have suspended the Amarnath Yatra while announcing all the pilgrims were safe. No pilgrim is allowed to move towards the cave shrine from either the Baltal base camp in north Kashmir or Pahalgam base camp in south Kashmir. Authorities said all Yatris are safely lodged inside the two base camps. Also Read - J&k: 3 Families Lodge Missing Report Alleging Killing of Their Kins in Fake Encounter Case; Police Match DNA Samples

Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, M.M. Shahnawaz, in a statement, said, “At 6 p.m. today (Friday), Jhelum River had crossed the flood declaration level of 21 feet at Sangam in Anantnag district. People living in low-lying areas of south Kashmir, especially along the embankments of River Jhelum and other streams are advised to remain vigilant.” On Friday, Srinagar recorded 12.6 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM.

FLOOD HELPLINE NUMBERS

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have set up a flood helpline number in view of the flood alert in parts of the state. In case of an emergency, the general public is advised to make a call at 01931260486 or 7051510660. In case you are trapped in some kind of distress, make a call at 9596777669 and 9419051940.