Intermittent rains continued in Jammu and Kashmir with authorities issuing a flood alert in Central Kashmir region, even as water levels started receding in the southern parts of the Valley.
The authorities had on Friday issued a flood alert in South Kashmir. On Saturday, they issued a flood alert for low-lying areas of the Central Kashmir, including the summer capital, and asked the people to be alert and prepared for evacuation.
The schools across the Valley were closed for Saturday in view of the inclement weather.
"The gauge at Ram Munshi Bagh crossed the flood declaration of 18 feet and was flowing at 20.87 feet at 10 am," an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said.
He said the people living in areas along the embankments of Jhelum river and other streams and in low-lying areas of central Kashmir were advised to remain vigilant.
"The staff deputed on flood duty in central Kashmir is directed to report to their sectors and beats," the official added.
Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, said the people living in low-lying areas and embankments of river Jhelum in Srinagar were requested to be alert and prepared for evacuation.
We have issued a flood alert for low-lying areas of Srinagar, he said.
In south Kashmir, after the water level crossed the flood declaration level of 21 feet at Sangam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a flood alert was sounded.
While the water level at Sangam at 10 am Saturday morning was 23.06 feet still above the critical mark, the water has started receding there. At 9 am, the water level was 23.16 feet.
Kashmir Valley experienced rainfall over the past three days and the downpour intensified in many parts, including the summer capital of the state, on Friday.
The rising water levels induced fear among the Valley residents of a re-run of 2014 floods that caused widespread devastation and left over 300 persons dead.
An official of the MET office said the weather was likely to improve on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed from both the on-foot routes of Baltal and Pahalgam on Saturday after being suspended for a couple of days due to inclement weather conditions. Incessant rainfall in the region for the past few days forced the authorities to suspend the yatra, but with improvement in weather pilgrims were allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine. Air sorties by the administration have also resumed from Baltal.
These floods comes four years after the 2014 Kashmir floods that submerged more than 390 villages affecting thousands of residents. Banks of river Jhelum including areas such as Shivpora Batwara, Soitang, Lasjan, Padshai bagh, Natipora, Pandrathan, Lal Chowk, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogji Bagh and Wazir Bagh neighbourhoods of the city were submerged in water.