The Biz Reporter
Srinagar, Sep 20: In a distressing turn of events, the Kashmir Valley finds itself grappling with a dire water crisis as the persistent dry weather continues to plague the region. The Jhelum River, a vital source of water and sustenance for the valley’s inhabitants, has recorded its lowest water level in 70 years for the month of September.
Over the past month, the Kashmir Valley has been held in the relentless grip of an unyielding drought. The dry conditions have posed formidable challenges, particularly in the realms of water scarcity and irrigation for local farmers who rely on the river’s waters to nurture their crops.
While there was a glimmer of hope when some parts of the northern valley received a welcome respite with rainfall last week, the central and southern areas of the region remain ensnared by the harsh and unrelenting dry weather.
Official records, meticulously maintained to track the river’s health, paint a stark picture. The water level at Ram Munshi Bagh, a crucial monitoring point for the Jhelum River, has plummeted to an alarming 2.15 feet. This alarming figure marks the lowest water level recorded at this point in recent history. It is reminiscent of the troubling circumstances witnessed in September 2019 and 2021 when the water level dropped to an unprecedented zero feet.
Government authorities and environmental agencies have been alarmed by this alarming trend. Officials assert that the valley has been deprived of adequate rainfall for the past two months, leading to the Jhelum River nearly drying up at various critical locations.
A Field Officer from the Fisheries Department expressed his concern, stating, “In July, we experienced significant rainfall, and a flood alert was issued at that time. However, the last three months have been exceedingly dry, and the Jhelum River, our primary water source, has been significantly affected.”
The situation in the Kashmir Valley remains precarious as residents anxiously await a reprieve from the arid conditions. The parched land and dwindling river levels serve as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of ecosystems in the face of changing weather patterns, underscoring the urgent need for water conservation measures and sustainable agricultural practices in the region.