3 Killed From Floods In Jammu, Alert Announced For Central Kashmir

| July 1 , 2018 , 08:22 IST

A total of 3 people were killed and nearly a dozen houses damaged due to flash floods in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. A flood alert has been announced in central Kashmir, soon after the alert was announced for southern Kashmir.

According to reports, 45-year-old Harbans Lal was washed away by a flash flood in a stream near his house in Akhnoor sector's Natulphal village, with 22-year-old Anzar Ahmad dying in similar circumstances in the Surankote area of Poonch district. The third death was of a woman identified as Jameela, who was killed when a tree fell on her shelter in the Kishtwar district.

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Due to the threat of floods in the Valley, Srinagar-bound traffic was suspended on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded. The local administration made arrangements to lodge passengers for the night at government buildings.  

As the Jammu and Kashmir state is currently under Governor's rule after BJP withdrew from the PDP ruling coalition and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned, Governor N N Vohra reviewed the situation of the increasing water levels of Jhelum and Tawi rivers, and other major streams.

Kashmir has been facing rainfall for the past 3 days, with the downpour intensifying in many parts on Saturday, including in Srinagar.  

Earlier in June, heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage to the northeast states, with 3 deaths being reported from Assam, 6 deaths from Manipur and 3 deaths from Tripura as of June 16.