M Saleem Pandit,TNN | Apr 2, 2015, 03.55 AM IST
SRINAGAR: Heavy rains lashed the Kashmir Valley after day-long sunny weather on Wednesday, triggering fresh concerns about floods.
Water levels of rivers and streams across the Valley had receded on Tuesday two days after the state government had sounded a flood alert on Sunday night following incessant rains.
Met department director Sonum Lotus called Thursday and Friday crucial, saying western disturbances persisted and would lead to more rainfall in the Valley. He said heavy rains were predicted in the state till Thursday.
Lotus predicted significant change in the weather from Friday. "It is possible there would be abrupt halt in the rainfall but the western disturbances continue to persist over the state and by Wednesday evening, its intensity would possibly increase," Lotus said.
Officials said the Dal Lake water levels touched close to the danger mark as a result of fresh rainfall.
Lakes and waterways development authority vice chairman Sarmad Hefeez said areas around the lake have started submerging.
"We are keeping a close watch on the situation. If it turns out of control, we will start evacuating people living in the peripheries of the Dal."
Authorities separately sounded an avalanche alert across the Valley due to incessant rains.
They shifted 269 families from landslide prone areas to the safer places in Bandipora in North Kashmir.