The water level in Jhelum crossed the danger mark at Sangam in South Kashmir early morning on Thursday as most parts of the Valley were lashed by incessant rains since Wednesday. A flood alert was sounded late Wednesday night for Anantnag and Pulwama districts with the MeT department predicting more rains over the next 48 hours in the region.

The water level at Sangam was 25.30 feet at 3 am, 2.30 feet above the danger mark, a police official said. The river was flowing at 17.10 feet at Ram Munshibagh here, closing in on the danger mark of 19 feet, the official said. The water level in Jhelum and its tributaries rose sharply following heavy rainfall since Wednesday.

"Divisional administration is scheduled to review the situation at an early morning meeting," divisional commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon said. He said some low lying areas in South Kashmir have been inundated. People living in and around flood prone areas in the two districts have been advised to shift to safer areas.