2 Days Of Rain Rings Flood Alarm Bells In Kashmir


SRINAGAR — Kashmir Valley remained on the edge on Wednesday as the water level in the Jhelum kept rising following incessant rains for last two days.

The water level breached ‘alarm mark’ of 18-ft in south Kashmir’s Sangam gauge as well as 16-ft at ram Munishi Bagh here. However, the improvement in weather proved respite to the people living close to the water body.   

“The water level was recorded at 19.08ft at 10 p.m. against 18-ft alarm level and as soon it crosses 21-ft mark, flood is declared,” said an official of Irrigation & Flood Control Department – IFC, Kashmir.

At Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, the water at  10 p.m. was 17. 47ft against the alarm level of 16 ft and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said.

At Asham in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the official said, the Jhelum level was at 8.76ft, almost 6-ft when flood alarm is sounded.

Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vishow Nallah at Khudwani was 6.69m, 2.63 m in Rambiyara Nallah at Wachi while the nallah Lidder at Batkoot was at 1.43m.

2 Women Among 3 Killed, Many Injured

Three nomads including two women from Rajouri were killed after trees fell on their tents due to high-speed winds in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.  

Two young women were killed after a tree fell on their ten following a windstorm at Chandaji area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday morning.

Reports said that the tree came crushing on the tent, killing Mubeena Bano daughter of Zakir Hussain and Shareefa (33) wife of Arif Hussain on the spot. SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik also confirmed the death of the two women.

A nomad was killed and two others were injured when the tree fell on their tent at upper forest area of Ramwari Gund in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Yousuf Kalada (36) son of Abdul Gani Kalada of Rajouri, they said. The injured Ghulam Haider and Abdul Lateef Sons of Mahmood, both residents of Rajouri, are being evacuated, a police official said.

Four persons including two brothers and their mother were injured after a lightning struck at Naidkhai area of Sumbal Bandipora on Wednesday.

Reports said that the lightning struck at Naidkhai this afternoon when a group of people were busy in planting paddy saplings in Naidkhai.

In the incident, four persons suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospital where from they have been referred to JVC hospital Bemina Srinagar for specialized treatment.

A police officer also confirmed the incident and identified the injured as Irfan Rashid Wani, Javid Rashid Wani (both brothers) and their mother Masarat Begum wife of Abdul Rashid Wani and Tahir Begum wife of Muzafar Wani of Poshwari, Naidkhai.

Meanwhile, two shepherds along with their livestock, around 400-500 Sheep, got stuck in middle of Doodhganga Naala near Sogam bridge in central Kashmir’s Budgam district as there was heavy water flow in the water body due to overnight rainfall, sources said. Soon after coming to know about it, members of administration and local volunteers rushed to the area and constructed a temporary overpass and rescued the shepherds along with livestock.  

A diversion (small bridge), constructed post 2014 deluge, at Rumshi Nallah in Rahmoo Pulwama was washed away last night by flash flood.

A Chinar tree also got damaged at Bungam Mohalla area of Rahmoo after a cloudburst struck in the area.

Reports said that heavy rains have wreaked havoc in parts of Kashmir as many houses, shops and roads were damaged by flash floods, triggered by the rains.

In Tangmerg area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a bridge collapsed due to flash floods on the intervening night of June 11-12.

Reports said the bridge (Shrai Bridge) connects 14 villages of Tangmarg including Chanderhama, Check, Changel, Wanigam, Kulhama, Darhama, Buderkote, Ringawari, Gogaldore, Darakashi, Mushikhur, Zandpal andGaniwani with the national highway.

Overnight winds led to uprooting of trees and damage to electric poles in mountains Poonch and Rajouri district as a result of which there was damage to 33000 KV transmission line.

Most of the places in twin districts are without electricity.

Besides, rooftops of several houses were blown away by the gusty winds in the twin districts last night.

Also a buffalo got killed in lightning at Mandi area of Poonch district.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch Rahul Yadav said that administration has started restoration work and and field staff is under strict to restore the electricity in the district. Repeated attempts to contact DC Rajouri did not fructify.  

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