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Water levels in Jhelum recedes through day despite rains in flood­hit Kashmir

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Rain returned to Kashmir after a 32-hour break today bringing back flood fears to haunt the people meanwhile the receding of water levels through the day in the Jhelum river has been a welcome sign.

The centre and state government, teams of Army and NDRF are keeping on their toes to deal with any contingency.

The metrological department has warned of heavy downpours in the next few hours and days till the 4th of April.

Water levels in the low lying areas of Srinagar have gone down but fresh rain could make matters worse as boats are being kept ready to evacuate residents if required.

The administration has issued warnings related to landslides in the upper reaches of the Kashmir valley urging people to move out to safer places.

The Army and the NDRF units are scouring flood and landslide prone areas to help those vulnerable reach safety.

The army has formed 3 composite rescue groups comprising Infantry, Engineers, EME and Army Medical Corps apart from setting up temporary relief camps to shelter people hit by the flooding.

The state government has also been holding regular meetings with standing instructions to all officials to ensure people in need get all help.

The Centre is also monitoring the J&K flood situation closely. It has already sent several rescue and relief teams saying additional help will be given if needed.

The people in Srinagar have been trying to go about their daily lives but the fear of the return of surging waters that claimed over 250 lives and left thousands homeless 7 months ago lingers.

The weather still remains an issue of concern with the met department warning of heavy downpours starting Wednesday night. The skies are expected to clear after Saturday.

Fear of the flood waters returning has ensured that schools and colleges will remain closed.

The state school education board has postponed ongoing examinations but the examinations at the Kashmir University will be conducted as scheduled.

For now, the flood situation in the state remains under control but it all seems to hinge on how the weather holds up in the next few hours and days.