Cloudburst Hits Ganderbal, Houses; Roads Damaged

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Srinagar: Scores of houses and other structures were damaged due to cloudburst in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, official sources said on Monday.

Traffic on Srinagar-Leh national highway was also disrupted for several hours due to land and mudslide, triggered by heavy rain, they said.

Cloudburst late Sunday night resulted in major increase in the water level in local nallah at surfraw- Bula in Kangan in Ganderbal last night.

However, police parties headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Kangan and Ganderbal besides personnel from SDRF immediately swung into action and rescued large number of people, including women, children and elderly persons living in the houses on both sides of the nallah.

Several houses were damaged, they said adding the affected families were taken to safer places. The rescue operation continued throughout the night.

Exact details about the damage to property were being ascertained, they said adding there was no report of any loss of life.

There was also land and mudslide on the highway connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir. However, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) immediately swung into action and cleared the road for one-way traffic, they said adding work to allow two-way traffic was going on when the reports last came in.

A traffic police official said that traffic on the highway has been restored. Today vehicles will ply from Ladakh to Srinagar, he said.

He said Kashmir bound vehicles had to cross Minamarg between 0700 hrs to 1400 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed before and after cut off timing, he added.

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