Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Flood-like situation in J&K, Jhelum above danger mark in Srinagar

Flood-like situation in J&K, Jhelum above danger mark in Srinagar

The Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control said they are monitoring the situation.

Massive traffic jam due to flooding.

The Health Department has directed all district and block level officers to be prepared for exigencies in case of a flood.

At least two persons, including a minor girl, were killed and several others were injured in weather-related incidents whereas two persons are missing following a cab they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in a mountain stream in Kokernag area of southern Anantnag district.

A flood advisory was issued in south and central Kashmir after rise in the water level of the Jhelum river and its tributaries, while incessant rains have forced closure of the arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

Air traffic resumed this afternoon from Srinagar International Airport following improvement in the visibility despite intermittent rain. The University of Kashmir and Islamic University have postponed all examinations for the day.

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The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed today due to landslides and shooting stones as the state received fresh snowfall across the Valley, prompting the authorities to close schools and colleges.

Meanwhile, an order has been issued by Chief Engineer Mohammad Hanief Lone asking the people living along the embankments of river Jhelum/nallahs and low-lying areas of central Kashmir to remain vigilant. Most parts of the Valley are without electricity since yesterday.

The weatherman also forecast the possibility of scattered to widespread rains or thunderstorm in the State till Saturday.

The meeting was informed that weather is likely to improve from tomorrow and that the rate of rising of water level in Jhelum has already started to slow down.

Air traffic has been affected several times from the airport since January.Western Disturbance had hit Jammu and Kashmir, following which heavy rains lashed the plains and fresh snowfall was witnessed on upper reaches.

Mehbooba directed for immediate constitution of a unified control room to monitor the situation arising out of incessant rains and unusual snowfall in the Valley for the past two days and take appropriate measures.

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