Many residents who live along the Jhelum banks here are experiencing flooding from the river and several people have also evacuated to safety. While water seeped into many homes, flood and rainwater were pooling in backyards of many others.Reports said dozens of residential houses got submerged at Kursu Rajbagh, Padshai Bagh, Shalteng, Sharifabad, Pandrathen and Malik Sahab Safakadal.Similarly, the reports of water pooling in backward of houses were received from Sonwar and Qamarwari.SSP Srinagar district Imtiaz Ismail Parray told GNS that police deputed separate teams in all the low lying areas and extended the helping hand to the needy.He said that around nine families were evacuated to safety from Malik Sahab Safakadal and put up Higher Secondary School Nawakadal. Five families were also taken to safety from Qamarwari after the area was inundated with the flood water. “The banks of river Jhelum got breached at various points in Sangam area due to rising water level. On the receipt of this information, a team headed by Division Officer of Police Post Sangam rushed to various spots and started the preventive works,” SSP said.He said sandbags already issued by district police to various subordinate units were put into use and repair works were taken up at almost all the points to prevent the water flow into civilian areas.
Station House Officer (SHO) Rajbagh, Ayaz Geelani said that from yesterday and from early morning hours people were requested to move towards safer places. He said that SDRF men and police personnel were doing their best to rescue and provide relief and rescue.A teen drowned in flood channel while rescuing a dog from drowning in Bemina area of Srinagar on Saturday.Reports said the boy, identified as Asif Ahmad of Nagrota Jammu, drowned while saving a dog from drowning in Bemina flood channel.Ahmad, according to reports, was putting up in a makeshift tent along with his family at Tengpora.Flood was already declared in the south and central Kashmir as the water level of Jhelum rose above 21 feet near Sangam in Anantnag district and danger mark of 19-ft at Rammunshibagh here. According to an official of Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir, the river Jhelum crossed 19-ft mark near Rammunshi bagh at 12 a.m.“The habitation residing along the embankments of River Jhelum / Nallahs and in low lying areas of central Kashmir are advised to remain vigilant,” Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control said. Besides the staff deputed on flood duty in Central Kashmir is directed to report to their respective sectors/beats, he added. (GNS)