In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, heavy rains over the past few days have led to a rise in the level of most water bodies in the territory.
Officials of Irrigation and Flood Control Department, however, said the water level is well below the danger mark. The officials said the authorities have started moving people from low-lying areas to safer locations.
A top official of the department told the media that the water level in Jhelum river has increased but it is below danger level at every spot. He said that the water level in some nallahs like Vishow in Kulgam has also increased.
There is a possibility of significant improvement in weather from today afternoon and the water level will possibly decrease after the weather conditions improve, he said. There are reports of cloudburst at several places but as of now water isn’t flowing above banks anywhere and all field teams are on job to access the situation, he added.
The snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains have sent the mercury nose-diving as Srinagar recorded the coldest June day in almost 50 years for which the data is available. Srinagar on Tuesday had recorded a maximum temperature of 15.0 degrees Celsius, 14.2 notches lower than the normal for this time of the year. As per the data available with the India Meteorological Department Srinagar, the coldest recorded June day was in 2015 when the mercury had settled at a high of 15.2 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the incessant rains forced the authorities to announce suspension of class work up to class 10 in the schools of many districts on Wednesday. The class work was suspended in Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Baramulla, Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts in view of the heavy rains in the districts.—KMS