‘No immediate flood threat’

Srinagar, Aug 1: There was no immediate threat of flood though water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has witnessed increase due to intermittent to heavy rain in the Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours.
The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) spokesman on today predicted Fairly Widespread rain on Thursday and tomorrow followed by scattered and isolated rain in the Kashmir valley till August 7.
He said four Light and four Medium clouds are active in Srinagar, Kulgam, Anantnag, Qazigund and Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north Kashmir. Three Light and five Medium clouds are active in Kokernag in south Kashmir and eight Light clouds in Gulmarg and Baramulla in north Kashmir.
Due to heavy to very heavy rainfall during the past 24 hours, the water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has increased. However, it was still several feet below danger mark, officials said this afternoon.
There is no immediate threat of flood, they said adding there is a forecast for more rain.
Meanwhile, the Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) department has constituted 131 beats of rivers and streams across the valley for their round the clock monitoring by its officers.
In this regard, I&FC department constituted 14 flood Zonal Committees in 39 sectors in ten districts of the Kashmir Division.
In Anantnag district one Flood Zonal Committee in five sectors with 15 beats, in Kulgam one Flood Zonal Committee in three sectors with 8 beats, in Shopian one Flood Zonal Committee in two sectors with 7 beats.
In Pulwama two Flood Zonal Committees in four sectors with 15 beats while in Srinagar one Flood Zonal Committee in four sectors with 20 beats, in Ganderbal one Flood Zonal Committee in one sector with 2 beats. They said in Budgam two Flood Zonal Committees in four sectors with 12 beats while in Bandipora one Flood Zonal Committee in six sectors with 23 beats, in Baramulla two Flood Zonal Committees in four sectors with 13 beats and in Kupwara district two Flood Zonal Committees in six sectors with 16 beats were constituted by Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) department on the embankments of rivers and streams.
I&FC department has given strict directions to the beat officers to monitor their respective beats 24×7 and send daily report to the Zonal flood Committees so that fool proof mechanism will be made to deal with flood situation effectively at the time of emergency and better services delivery to the people could be ensured.