Incessant rains in the last two days have raised the water level of many rivers in the Jammu and Kashmir, triggering flood threat in a few districts on Thursday.
Official sources said that river Sindh was flowing at 3.6m against danger mark of 3.35m near Duderhama Ganderbal in central Kashmir’s district at 10 p.m.
Also, water level in Doodhganga Nallah was at 3.69m against danger mark 3.8m at Barzulla Srinagar at 10 p.m., the official sources added.
However, they said, the water level in the Jhelum was far below at all the measuring points during its course as well as its tributaries.
The water level in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge was 9.87 ft., way below the alarm level of 15 feet and danger mark of 21 feet.
At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, it was 10.15 feet against the alarm level of 16 feet and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said.
The state’s summer capital Srinagar, which was devastated by floods in September in 2014, received 23.5 mm of rainfall from 0830 to 1730 hours today, an official of the MET department said.
South Kashmir also recorded about the same amount of downpour while Kupwara in north Kashmir received 26.4 rainfall during the time, the official said.
Meanwhile, the continuous rainfall across Kashmir has also brought relief to the farmers as the valley had reeled under dry weather conditions over the past three months.
Srinagar city recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius on August 17 which was the hottest August day in the last 39 years.
The mercury in the Srinagar and elsewhere in the Kashmir had stayed above the normal by several degrees this month.
However, the rains have brought down the temperature with the Srinagar recording maximum of 19.0 degrees Celsius, ten degrees below the normal temperature for this time of the year, the official said.
The maximum temperature in Srinagar settled at 16.8, 0.4 degrees below the normal for this part of the season, the official added.
The other places in the valley also experienced huge relief from the sweltering heat due to the rains as the mercury went down by several degrees.
Pahalgam recorded 16.7 degrees Celsius against normal of 24.9 degree Celsius while Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort receorded maximum of 13.0 against 20.2 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the season.
Regarding the forecast for next 24 hours, the weatherman predicted “widespread moderate to heavy rain/Ts in Jammu and Kashmir and scattered light to moderate rain in ladakh.”
As regards subsequent two days, the weatherman forecast decrease in perception.