Kashmir Indepth

Administration, Police remain alert to prevent potential floods in Kmr, DCs, SSPs lead ground monitoring efforts

Report by: Ishtiyaq Kar

Srinagar, May 01: The administration, working alongside the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security agencies, displayed remarkable preparedness and proactive measures in the face of an impending flood situation triggered by relentless downpours in Kashmir.
Amidst growing concerns among residents about the potential of floods, the UT administration swiftly sprang into action to mitigate the threat.
Led by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and closely monitored by the Chief Secretary, the administration remained vigilant, ensuring that all necessary precautions were taken to safeguard lives and property.
Fortunately, the collective efforts paid off as the threat of flooding was successfully averted on Tuesday, with water levels receding in major water bodies, including the Jhelum River.
This turn of events came as a relief to the populace, who had been gripped by fear and uncertainty due to the incessant rains.
The proactive stance adopted by the administration garnered widespread praise from the people, acknowledging the prompt action taken during the rainy tension days.
To ensure effective monitoring and response, round-the-clock functioning of Control Rooms in every district was directed by the administration. Additionally, senior officers and field staff were deployed to facilitate the restoration of essential services and respond to any emergencies that may arise.
In a commendable display of coordination, various line departments worked in unison, with an efficient plan formulated to ensure a prompt and coordinated response to any flood-like situation.
District Commissioners (DCs) were observed tirelessly monitoring the situation on the ground, some dedicating entire nights to overseeing operations firsthand.
The situation in Srinagar, where the water level of the Jhelum River rose ominously, demanded immediate attention.
The DC stationed himself at the Zero Bridge, overseeing the situation firsthand and coordinating response efforts.
Similarly, DCs across the region fulfilled their responsibilities with unwavering dedication and resolve.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and the Chief Secretary provided crucial guidance to field officers, ensuring seamless coordination and effective dissemination of important directives.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police played a pivotal role in assisting affected individuals and supporting government efforts during emergencies, earning accolades for their dedicated service.
As part of precautionary measures, the administration directed the implementation of a need-based evacuation plan for residents in low-lying areas vulnerable to inundation. Safe shelter centers were identified and activated to accommodate affected families, underscoring the administration’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.
Moreover, timely advisories regarding road conditions were issued by DCs to keep the public informed about potential hazards. In a precautionary move, schools across all districts of Kashmir Division remained closed on Tuesday.
In response to the situation, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had directed officials to remain in their respective districts and continue assisting those affected by continuous rainfall. Sinha personally oversaw relief efforts, ensuring all necessary updates and relief efforts were coordinated effectively in affected areas.
Overall, the successful averted disaster stands as a testament to the resilience, preparedness, and proactive approach of the JK UT administration and security forces in the face of adversity. Their unwavering commitment to public safety and well-being serves as a beacon of hope amidst challenging circumstances.

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