India, October 31, 2014: A joint study conducted by National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Kashmir’s Environment and Remote Sensing Department has warned that the intensity of rainfall and the frequency of rainy days in the Himalayan region may increase in 2030s, leading to another flood in Kashmir if immediate steps are not taken to restore the drainage system of Jehlum.
A rapid assessment was carried out after the September floods wreaked havoc across the region says the frequency of rainy days is likely to decrease in most parts of the country in 2030s. The report also states that the floods were not caused by cloud burst as previously speculated.
The report recommends that an alternate flood spill channel for Jehlum from Sanagam/Kandizal to Wular should be constructed and that the spill channel running across Peerbagh and Nambali-Narkur can be widened to receive the waters of Doodhganga Nallah.
The report suggests that the bunds and embankments of Jehlum should be raised so that the low lying areas around them are safe. It has also recommended that the natural existing drainage networks of Jehlum must be made “viable.” Retrofitting of dangerous buildings, flood zoning, relocation of buildings very close to the river banks, strict regulations to check future interferences with drainage system, restoration of wetlands and river training works will be able to minimise infrastructural damages and human miseries,” the report adds.
Source: Kashmir Today