Kashmir Valley on flood alert, four killed due to ceaseless rains

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  kashmir floodsDue to incessant rains in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has declared floods int he Valley. T

The water level in river Jhelum crossed 19 feet mark at Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar on April 6.  The flood situation is the most serious in North Kashmir where the water level continues to rise, while food water in Southern Kashmir has started to recede.

According to reports, four people have lost their lives. Two of them, a father and a son, were reportedly killed by avalanches in Kargil, a woman was struck by lightning at Rajouri and a minor girl drowned in flash floods in Kupwara.

“In the Jhelum River, water was flowing at 21.50 feet at Sangam in Anantnag and at 20.20 feet at Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar at 8 a.m. today (on Friday),” said Muhammad Hanief Lone, chief engineer Flood Control Department.

“At both these places, the water level is above the flood mark. In view of this development, the state government has declared floods in the valley and all related emergency arrangements have been made,” he said.

 “People living in low-lying areas and close to the banks of rivers and streams are advised to remain vigilant,” he added.

PM Narendra Modi spoke to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and offered all possible support to deal with the incident.

Divisional Administration Kashmir issued an avalanche warning on April 6 for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir and Kargil.

The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway remains closed for the third consecutive day due to fresh snowfall and landslides.