Two Killed, Child Injured As Rains Lash Valley

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Weathermen Forecast Improved Weather

Two persons were killed and a child injured as incessant rains since Saturday night raised levels in rivers and streams across Kashmir, with the meteorological office here forecasting weather to improve on Monday.

The director of the regional meteorological centre here, Sonam Lotus, said that rainy weather was likely to continue in Kashmir for the next 12 hours.

There would be marked improvement in the weather by Monday afternoon, he said.

Bringing temperatures down drastically, heavy rains across Kashmir have taken two lives so far, reports said.

A non-local labourer was killed in the Boniyar area of the frontier Uri town due to landslides triggered off by heavy rains.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when a landslide hit a group of labourers working on a link road.

The victim was identified as Mahinder Singh, 20, of Ramban.

Another person was killed in the Thajwas area of the Sonamarg hill resort in North Kashmir.

According to reports, 40-year-old shepherd Gulzar Ahmad Chaupan slipped and fell to his death from a mountain slope.

Chaupan was said to have died instantly on falling into a deep nullah.

A seven-year-old boy was seriously injured in a Kupwara village when hit by an electric pole uprooted by rains and strong wind.

Suhail Ahmad Chaupan was rushed to the SKIMS in Srinagar where he is under treatment for severe burns from power transmission cables.

A residential house was destroyed in the Gund Kushi village of Kupwara by a tree torn down by high-speed winds.

Thirty-six members of the Gujjar-Bakarwal tribe, marooned by the swelling Veshav river in the remote Adijan area of Shopian, were rescued along with their cattle by army, police and civilian personnel.

The rescued Gujjar families were shifted to the Nahama area in Kulgam.

In Srinagar, the usually bustling outdoor Sunday market in the heart of the city remained closed due to pouring rain. Observer News Service

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