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Heavy rains trigger floods, landslides; Jhelum crosses danger mark on high alert MPNRC

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Heavy rains brought life to a standstill in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday as it triggered flash floods and landslides in several districts of the Union Territory. Incessant rains forced the authorities to close schools in several districts, including Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban. People were evacuated from low-lying areas and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained blocked for the second consecutive day due to landslides and landslides, leaving hundreds of vehicles stuck.

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In Kashmir, Jhelum crossed the danger mark at Sangam in Anantnag district and water levels in other rivers were also rising. Officials told news agency PTI that a high alert has been sounded in the areas around the Chenab river and its tributaries.

Due to snowfall in the higher reaches of the region, including Amarnath Dham, there has been a sharp drop in the day temperature.

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Earlier in the day, the Jammu and Kashmir Police rescued 50 passengers in 10 vehicles stranded due to heavy rain and snowfall in Kishtwar district. “Snowfall and heavy rain caused flash floods in the Simthan top area, following which 50 passengers, including some women and children, were trapped. The police got the track cleared and after a lot of effort rescued all the passengers.

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The water level at Sangam in Anantnag district was measured at 21.60 feet, which is slightly above the 21-feet mark for declaration of flood, officials said, adding that the Vaishava stream, which mainly flows through Kulgam district, has been flooded. It is flowing dangerously above the warning sign. , However, the water level has started receding from 10 am onwards.

A crack was reported in a temporary diversion along the Vaishava stream as Chamgund in Kulgam has flooded several areas of the district, officials said.

Police stations Yaripora, Kund, Deosar and police outpost Mirbazar received distress calls for assistance from people living in the higher reaches of Kanchlu Kund, and on the banks of Vaisho and Sunman Nala, 24 families living in temporary tents were told to be evacuated immediately. Because their residential places were completely damaged due to heavy rains and the families living on the banks of Vaisho and Sunman nallah were stuck due to flash floods.

“On getting information, police teams were formed under the supervision of SSP Kulgam to rescue the families. “With the strenuous efforts of the deputed police teams, all the 24 families have been shifted to safer places,” an official statement said.

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Schools were closed in many parts of the Valley due to heavy rains, leading to waterlogging in low-lying areas. Many houses in Bemina, Rambagh and Rajbagh areas of the city have been affected by water logging.

A group of 14 trekkers were stranded near Tarser lake in south Kashmir and a rescue team was rushed to the spot from Pahalgam. According to available data, snowfall in the upper reaches and rain in the plains have dropped the mercury and Srinagar has witnessed the coldest day of June in nearly 50 years.

An incident of house collapse has also been reported from Ramban district, while five people trapped in flash floods in Ans river in Reasi district were rescued by the police, officials said.

Doda district administration has declared high alert in many areas of the hill district.

Besides Doda, the deputy commissioners of Ramban and Kishtwar districts have also ordered closure of all educational institutions up to the higher secondary level, including private schools, for the day, an official said.

Officials said a kutcha house collapsed in Dachhan, but all the people living in it were safe. District Development said, in view of the adverse weather conditions and the report submitted by the Tehsildars, under the advisory, I have directed the CEO of Kishtwar to close all educational institutions in Kishtwar district today. We will assess the situation later in the day for further decision. Commissioner Kishtwar Ashok Sharma.

“So far there is no report of any damage from any part of the district,” the DDC said. The Deputy Commissioners of these districts have issued advisories to the people to stay indoors in view of the flood-like situation developed in the hilly areas.

According to the weather office forecast, heavy rain has been predicted in Kishtwar district, which may temporarily disrupt air and surface traffic, mainly on national highways and hill roads, besides landslides in sensitive spots on the highway. And there may also be shooting stones. District administration issued advisory

The district administration has also issued helpline numbers in case of any emergency.

(with inputs from PTI)

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