Srinagar, April 24
The water level remained above danger mark in the world famous Dal Lake, where a number of localities remained inundated while water level has further receded in river Jehlum and its tributaries following improvement in the weather though there was rain last night.
The Boulvard road on the bank of the Lake also remained submerged at several places, including Cheshmashahi crossing due to increase in the water level in the water body as outflow gates remained closed. Dozens of vegetable gardens in the Lake were damaged as the water level was still more than several feet above normal, Houseboat and Shikara owners said. They said the water level remained above danger mark 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 11.27 feet against yesterdays 12. 45 feet and 15.25 feet on April 22 , they said adding at Ram Munshi Bagh in the heart of the city it was 14.16 feet against 15.25 feet yesterday and 16.30 feet recorded April 22 when there was heavy rain.