SRINAGAR – At least 17 people have been killed in landslides following floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
Heavy rains crushed several areas damaging many houses and led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway because of landslides with water level in Jhelum River also rising fast. Mudslides had hit houses in Chadoora, some 15km (10 miles) west of the main city of Srinagar.
“We have extricated six bodies so far from the landslide,” senior official Gazanfar Hussain told an International media.
Police said two other people died in flash floods in another part of the state. Hundreds of people fled their homes. Weather forecasters predicted further rainstorms in the region that was struck by devastating floods seven months ago.
The devastation comes as Kashmiri families are still recovering from the region’s worst-ever flood last September, which affected more than 1.2 million people and damaged more than 180,000 houses in the state.
India is experiencing more extreme rainfall events as the global climate warms, according to a study of 50 years of data by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.
The central government granted Rs.200 crore as immediate relief as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and coordinate with state authorities with regard to the requirements.
Authorities have set up 20 relief camps and advised people living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground.
At this point it is pertinent to mention that not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in Pakistan too rain has caused deadly accidents few days ago.
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