Once again incessant rain and untimely snowfall in the plains has caused a flood-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Faced with untimely fresh snowfall in the plains and continuous rains during the last three days, the divisional administration on Thursday ordered closure of all schools in the Kashmir Valley till Monday.
Most rivers, lakes and streams were flooded and the flood control department on Thursday alerted all its staff to be present at their places of posting round the clock so that the water level can be continuously monitored.Authorities said the water level in Jhelum River at 1 am on Thursday was a metre below the danger mark at Sangam in south Kashmir, Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar and Asham in north Kashmir. Ferozepur stream in north Kashmir Baramulla district has reportedly breached its bank and entered some of its villages.“Teams have been rushed to these areas to organise relief and rescue,” police said.
The Met Department had also forecast the likelihood of landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in addition to hailstorm and windy gales during this period and reported that there would be overall improvement in weather from Friday.
Look at some of the tweets which show the good service done by our Armed Forces:
— Army in Kashmir (@ncsad72) April 6, 2017
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 6, 2017
Indian Army doing what it always does, protecting and saving lives. Once again at the forefront as floods hit Kashmir.
— Yusuf Unjhawala 🇮🇳 (@YusufDFI) April 6, 2017
Even Rajdeep Sardesai had to comment thus:
Indian army rescues kids stuck in floods in Kashmir valley.Pelted by stones one day, rescuing kids the next: life and times of army! Salute!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 6, 2017
Major Arya tweeted thus:
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) April 6, 2017
Unfortunately it has also been reported that some people with mischievous intent are using this tragedy to vent their feelings against the Kashmiris because of the tendency of some Kashmiris to forge alliances with enemy forces and separatists.
On another note, in 2014, the BJP Government had spent Rs. 2,300 cr. for helping the Kashmiris during the floods then. In contrast the Congress Government had spent only about Rs. 1,000 cr. during the Uttarakhand floods in 2013, in which almost 6,000 deaths were reported.