River water levels increase as heavy rains, thunderstorms occur at night

Image by Amaan Imtiyaz
Image by Amaan Imtiyaz

SRINAGAR: The irrigation and flood control department of Jammu and Kashmir government asked people – living near river streams – to remain alert as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, which occurred in Pir Panchal mountain range on Saturday night, could lead to increase of water levels in the river streams.

According to the department, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms took place, especially in northern Kashmir, at night. “It may have resulted in melting of snow, as such discharge is higher contour tributaries (nallahs) is expected to increase,” the department stated.

The department has not sounded a flood alert, but has asked people to remain vigilant.

Meanwhile, river Jhelum, which flows through densely populated areas of Kashmir, including capital Srinagar, saw an increase in its water levels today. As per the gauge readings, recorded at 1 pm on Saturday, the water level at Sangam in Pulwama was 11.25 feet, at Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar was 9.40 feet and at Asham in Bandipora was 6.00 feet. However, the levels were below the flood alarm levels.

The water level saw an increase, especially at Sangam, from Friday evening. As compared to the data recorded at 9 pm on Friday, the level increased by 6.25 feet at Sangam, 1.35 feet at Ram Munshibagh and 1 feet at Asham.

Srinagar-based meteorological department has forecasted scattered downpour in the region today, and the weather was expected to improve by tomorrow.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 0.4 degree Celsius, about 5 degrees below normal, last night. On Sunday, rainfall is expected in Srinagar towards the evening.