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Flood alert in Kashmir, Jhelum crosses danger mark

PTI 25 Jun 2015, 6:44:27 AM IST

Srinagar: The water level in Jhelum crossed the danger mark at Sangam in south Kashmir early morning on Thursday as most parts of the Valley were lashed by incessant rains since Tuesday.

A flood alert was sounded for Anantnag and Pulwama districts with the MeT department predicting more rains over the next 48 hours in the region.

The water level at Sangam was 25.30 feet at 3 am, 2.30 feet above the danger mark, a police official said.

The river was flowing at 17.10 feet at Ram Munshibagh here, closing in on the danger mark of 19 feet, the official said.

The water level in Jhelum and its tributaries rose sharply following heavy rainfall since Tuesday.

Divisional administration is scheduled to review the situation at an early morning meeting, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon said.

He said some low lying areas in south Kashmir have been inundated.

People living in as around flood prone areas in the two districts have been advised to shift to safer areas.