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Kashmir: Jhelum water level drops to 70-year low
9/16/2023 11:17:44 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sep 16: The ongoing dry spell in Kashmir has brought down the water level in Jhelum to 70-year low in the month of September, officials said on Saturday.
Kashmir witnessing dry weather for more than a month has complicated the problems of water scarcity and irrigation for the farmers.
As per the data shared by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the water level at Sangam has dropped to 0.09 feet. Officials said that it was the lowest water level recorded in the water body in the last 70 years in the month of September.
Sangam as per the officials is the guiding factor to determine the water level in River Jhelum, which is the main waterway of Kashmir.
Official records also suggest that the water level at Ram Munshi Bagh has dropped to 2.15 feet.
At Asham, the current water level is 1.6 feet. Officials said the water level at both these points is also lowest recorded in the recent past.
They said the lowest water level recorded in Jhelum in the month of September so far has been 0 feet in the year 2019 and 2021. They said Kashmir has not received sufficient rainfall for the last two months due to which the water body has almost dried up. “In July, we received good rainfall and at the time a flood alert was issued since then Kashmir has been witnessing a dry spell. Jhelum, which is the main water body, has almost dried up at many places,” officials said. “September never used to be drier like this before. Kashmir has not recorded rains for a long time now, which affected Jhelum drastically,” an official said.
The residents who are living along banks and in houseboats also said they have witnessed this phenomenon for the first time. “During autumn and winter, the water level drops in Jhelum but this is probably the lowest water level we have witnessed so far. Currently, the surface of the river is visible,” said a resident.
Pertinently, the weather man has predicted hot and dry weather would continue in Jammu and Kashmir for a week ahead.
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