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J-K: Water Level Rising Fast In Jhelum, Tributaries Due To Continued Rain; Breaches Flood Alert At Some Places

The MeT office has asked those living in the lower catchment areas to remain alert as there is a possibility of flash floods, landslides or mudslides.

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The water level in the Jhelum river and its tributaries has risen rapidly over a few hours due to heavy rainfall at many places in Kashmir, crossing the flood alert mark at some places. Authorities have advised the people living near the embankments of water bodies to remain alert and avoid venturing near the water.

An official of the Irrigation and Flood Control (IFC) department on Saturday said the valley received a considerable amount of rainfall during the night and the "water level (discharge) in the tributaries or nallahs of the Jhelum basin is expected to rise in the coming hours."

He added that the water level in the Jhelum is also on the rise and is being monitored. The water level in the Jhelum has crossed flood alert or flood declaration mark at some places, including at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, and Pampore, and Ram Munshi Bagh here, the official said.

"People should avoid venturing near them," he added. The water level is expected to experience a rising trend until Sunday, the official said. Heavy to very heavy rain continued in many parts of Kashmir for the second day on Saturday. Some places witnessed a record rainfall over the 24-hour period.

A few areas in the higher reaches, including near the Amarnath cave shrine, experienced snowfall. The annual Amarnath Yatra was suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday due to inclement weather conditions.

The meteorological department said intermittent light to moderate rain is likely to continue at most places in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, with the possibility of a heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places of the Jammu division.

From July 10 to 14, the weather is likely to remain generally cloudy with intermittent thundershowers at a few places towards the evening or early morning, the department said. The MeT office has asked those living in the lower catchment areas to remain alert as there is a possibility of flash floods, landslides or mudslides.

Temporary waterlogging and minor floods in low-lying areas may also be witnessed, it said. The weather system can lead to a temporary disruption of transportation over the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Mughal Road, the Srinagar-Leh highway and other major hilly roads, the officials said.

Light snowfall at a few places in the higher reaches of the Kashmir division may also occur, they added. The administration in several districts has issued advisories to people, asking them to remain cautious, and has set up control rooms for any eventuality.

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