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Kashmir flood fear: Water level in Jhelum river recedes as rain stops

LiveMint logoLiveMint 07-04-2017 PTI

Srinagar: Water level in river Jhelum and its tributaries started to recede on Friday after rainfall stopped on Thursday night, easing flood fears in Kashmir, officials said. The water level in Jhelum started to recede at around 3am at Sangam in south Kashmir, the officials said.

While the water level at Ram Munshi Bagh in the city was still increasing marginally, it is expected to recede in a couple of hours, they said.

The highest water level at Sangam was recorded at 22.10 feet at 2am, while it was 21.70 feet at 7am, they said. The water level in tributaries like Veishov, Rambiara and Lidder streams has receded substantially in the past six hours, the officials said.

Water level in river Jhelum had crossed the ‘flood declaration’ mark on Thursday at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, prompting authorities to set up emergency control rooms, even as 17 people were rescued from flash floods in Poonch and a woman was killed in lightning in Rajouri.

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