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Few hours of downpour exposed claims of flood preparedness in Kashmir: Tarigami

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‘Veshu Nallah in Kulgam needs immediate flood-control measures to mitigate flood threat’

Srinagar: CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that a few hours of downpour on Thursday had “exposed the hollow claims of flood preparedness in Kashmir”.
“A spell of heavy showers in the morning caused water-logging in many places in the Valley and capital Srinagar city as well,” he said.
Several localities in the city including city centre Lal Chowk were submerged in rainwater on Thursday.
In a statement issued here, Tarigami said that Veshu Nallah in Kulgam district, one of the high-gradient tributaries in the upstream of Jhelum River needed immediate flood-control measures to mitigate the threat downstream.
He said there was urgent need to take appropriate measures in the entire Veshu basin, particularly in the mountainous watersheds to reduce to velocity of floodwaters and slow down and stagger the flood peak of the Veshu during high magnitude floods which results in the flooding of the south Kashmir and downstream.
“For short-term and long-term flood mitigation in Kulgam district, it is important to identify on priority various engineering and non-engineering measures to reduce the risk of the people and infrastructure in the district to flooding,” Tarigami added.
He said that any flood control and mitigation measures for Veshu nallah will have inter-alia ameliorating impacts on the flood scenario at Sangam and downstream in the Jhelum basin.
CPI (M) leader said that there was a possibility of construction of a dam or a cascade of barrages downstream the Aharbal fall, to mitigate the flood situation not in the district, but in Kashmir.
The construction of concrete/earthen levee on both sides of the Veshu nallah was a necessary long-term flood protection measure for reducing the risk of the people living in the district to flooding, Tarigami said.
As a short term measure, he said that the river training works in the form of laying out crate wires, stone pitching, spurs, retaining walls were “immediately required along the vulnerable sections of the nallah, where breaches have been observed in the recent flooding”.
“This is required to protect the adjoining villages that are vulnerable to flooding due to the likely breach or change of river course,” he said.
As per Tarigami, there was also need for launching massive afforestation programs in the district through Forest Department involving panchayats, schools and other relevant agencies.
“We hope these measures will be taken on priority as even a day’s rainfall brings Kashmir on the brink of floods,” Tarigami said.

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