In pictures: Resilient Kashmir stays afloat even as water levels rise
Kashmir experienced rare snowfall in the month of April and heavy rains during last 48 hours. Due to the combined effect of rainfall and melting snow, the Valley has become engulfed in a flood-like situation.
In Srinagar, a flood was declared by the authorities after the Jhelum’s water level reached 18 feet in the Ram Munshibagh area. The highest water level was recorded at Sangam – 22.10 feet. Not only this, several other water bodies like streams, rivers, and lakes also rose above the danger mark.
Water level in tributaries like Veishow, Rambiara and Lidder streams has receded in past few hours. Water has entered houses in several areas including Jawahar Nagar, Batmaloo, Bemina, Mehjoornagar, Shivpora, Chanapora and the adjoining places.
Schools and colleges in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir Valley have been closed due to the weather conditions.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, several areas including Khawajabagh, Friend’s Colony, Azad Gunj, Main Chowk, Deluna, Sheeri, Sangrama, Chakla, Nadihal, Janbazpora, Stadium Colony and Kreeri were also submerged under rain water.
At Hygam, Rengi, and Nayeedkhay, boats were used to shift people to safer places when the water level began increasing in the Jhelum and in nearby water streams.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi has reached out to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and offered support in dealing with the flood situation in the Valley.