Centre assures Kashmir of flood relief

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Srinagar: Jhelum river water is receding after creating flood worries in the Kashmir Valley for the past few days. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have assured Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of all help in dealing with any eventuality.

Met officials said Jhelum water began receding yesterday morning after rains stopped.The water level at Ram Munshi Bath in the city fell from 20.20 feet at 10.00 AM to 19.60 feet at 6.00 PM, still above the danger mark of 19 feet. At Sangam in south Kashmir, the water level dipped from 22.10 feet at 2.00 AM to 18.70 feet at 6.00 PM, officials of the Irrigation and Flood control department said here.

They said the water level in tributaries like Veishov, Rambiara and Lidder streams has receded substantially in the past 12 hours.

Prime Minister Modi spoke to the chief minister and offered all help from the Centre in dealing with the situation which arose due to incessant rains and flash floods in Kashmir resulting into a flood-like situation, an official spokesman said in Srinagar.

He said the prime minister assured the chief minister that Centre would be ready to help the State administration in its relief and rescue operations.

Thanking the Prime Minister for the gesture, Mehbooba apprised him about the damages to the infrastructure, roads and horticulture sectors due to the unseasonal rains and snowfall.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba visited Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Maharaja Bazar, Gogji Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Humhama, Raj Bagh and other areas in the city to inspect the status of dewatering and administration’s response in dealing with the flood-like situation. She also visited some spots along river Jhelum, flood channels at Ram Bagh and Barzulla to take stock of the water levels.

The schools and colleges in the Valley have been closed until Sunday due to the flood-like situation while examinations have been put on hold.

With inputs from agencies