Flood Threat Eases In Kashmir As Weather Improves

2 April 2015
India Today
Shuja-ul-haq

Srinagar: The inclement weather which has threatened to cause severe floods in the Kashmir Valley recently is gradually improving, raising hope that the region may soon return to normalcy. The MeT department on Thursday said that there would be only moderate rainfall in the next few days and currently, all the rivers in the Valley are flowing below the danger mark. State Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said, 'The worst phase of the inclement weather is over although there are problems of water-logging in some places. But there is no flood.' He said that there was some ?panic among the people because of the last year's situation and therefore the administration went into an alert mode. Earlier, officials won't start any mitigation work before a disaster. This time however it was different, he added. The recent flood alert has adversely affected the state's tourism industry. People associated with the trade have reported that many visitors have cancelled their bookings. 'This is wrecking havoc to our trade. Everything is alright. We want to assure the people who were likely to visit us that there is nothing to worry. Booking should not be cancelled,' said a tour operator. However, the local residents have expressed hope that the rains would turn the state more greener. Last year, the state had witnessed devastating floods in which scores of people died.