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Flood threat ends in Jammu and Kashmir

India TV News Desk New Delhi 08 Apr 2017, 11:33:56 IST
India TV News Desk

The flood threat looming over the Kashmir valley for last four days has ended today after decrease in cloud cover, according to a state government official. 

The Jhelum river, according to an official from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department,  fell below the danger level at Sangam in Anantnag although it was still flowing marginally above the flood mark on Saturday morning. 

"Although the Jhelum River was still flowing marginally above the flood mark at Ram Munshibagh here at 7 am today (on Saturday), it has fallen below the danger level at Sangam in Anantnag," the official said.

Water level in all the tributaries of the river in Jammu and Kashmir has come down, he added. 

"The overall flood threat faced by the people in the valley over the last few days is over," he said.

The official, however, added that the field staff of the department shall continue to remain in high alert till temporary breaches and seepage at some places in the river and stream embankments were plugged.

The University of Kashmir has announced that all exams scheduled for Saturday would be held as per the announced date sheet.

Educational institutions will, however, continue to remain closed in the valley till Monday.

Despite the improvement in weather, water logging problems continued to trouble people in many residential and commercial areas here. 

Many villages in north Kashmir's Baramulla district were still inundated although authorities said the situation was expected to return to normal within the next two to three days.

Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast fair weather in the Kashmir Valley till Tuesday.

(With IANS inputs)