Srinagar, April 23
There was no change in the water level in world famous Dal Lake, where a number of localities remained inundated while water was receding in river Jehlum and its tributaries following improvement in the weather though there was rain last night.
Dozens of vegetable gardens in the Lake were damaged as the water level was still more than three feet above normal, local residents said from Mir Behri. They said the water level was still increasing threatening more areas in the Lake as outflow gates of the water body remained closed.
They said people of several inundated areas have already left for safe places after the water entered their homes. Since the gates of Chunt-Khul and Gaw Kadal are closed, the water level has increased damaging vegetable, flower and other gardens in the Lake, they said adding only floating gardens are so far safe.
Officials said that water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has started receding following improvement in the weather though there was light rain last night.
At Sangam in south Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the water level today was 12. 45 against yesterdays 15.25 feet, which was about three feet below danger mark, they said adding at Ram Munshi Bagh in the heart of the city it was 15.25 feet against 16.30 feet recorded yesterday.
However, at Asham in the north Kashmir the water has registered slight increase. Against yesterdays 11.41 feet it was 12 feet, still 2 below danger mark.