Srinagar, Jun 30: Three persons, including a woman, died on Saturday in rain-related incident in different district of Jammu and Kashmir. A dozen of houses have reportedly been damaged as incessant rains continued in the hilly areas of the region, including Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri and Reasi districts, for the second consecutive day. Earlier on Saturday, the state authorities declared flood in Valley asking people in low-lying areas to remain extremely alert and vigilant. Also Read - New J-K Lt Guv Manoj Sinha Promises Better Security Arrangement For Grassroots Level Leaders
Out of the three deceased, Harbans Lal (45) was washed away by flash floods in a stream near his house at Natulphal village of Khour in the Akhnoor sector. As per the officials, he was caught in a sudden surge of water level while crossing the stream. His body has been recovered and handed over to the family. Also Read - J&K Encounter: Army Soldier Martyred in Gunbattle With Militants in Pulwama District
A 22-year-old man, Anzar Ahmad, was also washed away by flash floods in a stream at the Surankote area of Poonch district yesterday and his body was recovered. Also Read - Unlock 3: Religious Places in J-K to Open From Aug 16, Touching Idols Not Allowed | Check SOPs
On the other hand, a woman, identified as Jameela, was killed when a tree got uprooted due to heavy rains and fell on her temporary shelter at Kalamsatherdhar village of Kishtwar district. Her daughter reportedly got injured in the incident. She is admitted to the hospital.
Nearly a dozen ‘kacha’ houses were also damaged, while 28 cattle were perished in the heavy rains in different districts, especially in the areas in the Chinab Valley over the past three days. Several footbridges, including two in Udhampur district, were also washed away by the strong currents as most of the water bodies across the region are flooded.
Earlier in the day, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said, “Flood has been declared. We’ve requested people in low-lying areas to be extremely alert and vigilant but a call for evacuation has not been made yet. There is no need to panic. We’ve identified a dozen relief camps. 17 SDRF teams have been deployed.”
Amarnath Yatra Suspended
Meanwhile, the Amarnath Yatra which was started on June 28 has also been suspended by the authorities with no pilgrim was allowed to move towards the cave Shrine from either the Baltal base camp in north Kashmir or Pahalgam base camp in south Kashmir.
“Yatra continues to remain suspended as both the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps were lashed by heavy rains during the last two days,” officials said adding “Due to slippery trek routes and bad weather, no Yatri was allowed to move towards the Cave Shrine from either base camp.”
Schools to Remain Closed
Following the heavy rainfall, schools across the Valley will also remain closed till the situation is normalised. Meanwhile, an official of the MET office said the weather was likely to improve today.
Earlier in the day, Governor NN Vohra also called an emergency meeting at Raj Bhavan to discuss the flood situation in Kashmir.
Raising a question on PDP-BJP government’s measures to avoid flood situation in the state, former chief minister Omar Abdullah asked,”What was the PDP-BJP government doing after the devastating floods of 2014? What happened to the dredging of the Jhelum? Why was the carrying capacity of the flood channel not increased? Where did the money go?”
The rising water level has induced fear among the residents of a re-run of 2014 floods that left 300 people dead and caused widespread devastation.