River Chenab Swells, Alert Issued; Relief in Srinagar as Jhelum Recedes
Srinagar: In the Akhnoor area, the continuous heavy rainfall has caused the Chenab River to cross its warning level and approach the danger mark on Sunday. The authorities have issued an alert for areas near the riverbanks.
Reports indicate that the water level of Chenab River at Akhnoor in Jammu district reached 34.6 ft on Sunday, nearing the danger mark of 35 ft. The alert was sounded when the level touched 32 ft.
Meanwhile, in Srinagar city, residents experienced a sense of relief as the threat of flooding diminished due to a decrease in the water level of the Jhelum River following improved weather conditions.
Officials stated that the water levels in Jhelum and its tributaries started to recede as the weather improved. The water is currently flowing at a normal level of 19.09 ft at Sangam.
Sonum Lotus, Director of the Meteorological Department, informed news agency KNO that intermittent light to moderate rain and showers are expected in most places in Jammu & Kashmir, with the possibility of heavy to very heavy showers in isolated areas of the Union Territory. He also mentioned the likelihood of snowfall in higher regions.
On July 9, Lotus stated that there is a possibility of intermittent light to moderate rain and showers in many places in J&K, including isolated heavy showers in the Jammu region.
According to the forecast from July 10-14, Lotus mentioned that weather conditions would improve starting from July 10, but isolated places might still experience light rain or thunderstorms.
He emphasized the risk of flash floods, landslides, and mudslides in vulnerable areas and lower catchment areas due to the possibility of more rain.
Lotus urged people to stay vigilant and cautioned about possible disruptions in surface transportation on Srinagar-Jammu NH, Mughal Road, Srinagar-Leh NH, and other major hilly roads.
In light of thunder and lightning, he advised individuals to stay indoors and avoid approaching fast-flowing water bodies.