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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jammu, March 12, 2014
Four people have died after being hit by lightning and drowning following a freak weather in the Jammu region in the last 48 hours, authorities said on Wednesday.

Farooq Ahmed, 35, and Mohammad Ayub, 28, died after being hit by lightning in Rajouri district on Tuesday. Twenty two-year-old Mohammad Arif also died after he was hit by lightning near Jammu city on Tuesday night.

In Rajouri district, police recovered the body of Kewal Krishan in Kalkatoe, who was believed to have been washed away after a flash flood in the area.

In another incident, 14-year-old Nazia Kouser was seriously injured in lightning in Balakote on Tuesday evening.

Traffic on the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained suspended for the second consecutive day. Road in the region were also blocked at many places because of heavy landslides.

Vehicular traffic was hit in many parts of Kathua, Rajouri, Doda, Poonch and Kishtwar districts of the Jammu region as well.

Flights have not taken off from the Jammu airport and airport authorities say flights may land late in the afternoon if the weather improves.