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LIVE: Flood Hits Kashmir Valley; Administration Asks People To Stay Alert

SRINAGAR, JUNE 30: The divisional administration has asked people living in low-lying areas to remain alert in view of flooding following incessant rains in the state.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said people need to panic and that all arrangements have been made to meet any exigency.

“We have not asked people to evacuate for now. However, they need to remain alert and inform the administration in case there is any breach of any embankment,” he said.

  • All schools and colleges closed in the state
  • SRTC cancels leaves of all its staff, provides trucks to the police
  • 0ver 40 teams of police deployed to meet any eventuality
  • Police, RAMKY and BRO officials plug a breach in the embankment of Jhelum in Pampore, prevent flooding in the area
  • Water levels begin to recede in south Kashmir and Srinagar
  • Helplines established across the valley
  • Directorate of Health Services Kashmir issues helpline, issues advisory to prevent water-borne diseases
  • Governor Vohra addresses a meeting in view of the prevailing situation

Khan said that water levels have increased following incessant rains, however, there is no danger of floods of 2014-magnitude.

“Water level is receding in south Kashmir but it is increasing in Srinagar. We are monitoring the situation and all arrangements are in place,” he said, adding that they were issuing hourly advisories in view of the developing situation.

Meanwhile, Governor NN Vohra who heads the administration following the collapse of BJP-PDP government has called for an emergency meeting at his residence on Saturday to discuss the arising flood like situation across Kashmir after two days of continuous rainfall.

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Many parts of Kashmir have been receiving heavy rainfall since the last two days. The first batch of pilgrims on Amarnath Yatra was also halted at Baltal on Thursday due to severe waterlogging.

Incessant rain in the Baltal Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district and Nunwan Pahalgam area in Anantnag district has made the roads slippery and unsafe.

A flood alert has also been sounded by the officials after the Darhali river in Rajouri district overflowed on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar Police announced that all schools in Kashmir division will remain closed as a precautionary measure.

“In view of the incessant rains, inclement weather and as a precautionary measure all schools in Kashmir division to remain closed today,” said Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Shah.

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