Nearly 300 people, trapped in different parts of Jammu region following flash floods triggered by incessant rain in the past 24 hours, have been rescued, a government official said on Thursday.
However, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only road link between Kashmir and rest of the country, remained closed for the second day for vehicular traffic due to landslides and shooting stones in Ramban and Udhampur districts.
"Over 300 people who were trapped in different parts of Jammu region, mostly from Samba, Jammu and Kathua districts, due to flash floods triggered by incessant rains, were rescued," Jammu divisional commissioner Shantmanu said. The divisional authorities sought help of the IAF, who pressed into service helicopters and rescued trapped people by airlifting them from flooded areas in Jammu and Samba.
He said there are reports of collapse of over 50 houses in various places in Jammu region besides damage to various roads and bridges. "The administration, police and army have been alerted for conduct of rescue operations in wake of flash floods", he said.
Army and police also rescued nine jawans of Border Security Force who were stranded at Abdullian border observation post in Ranbir Singh Pura along the International Border in Jammu, officials said. In Samba, BSF posts suffered damage. An observation post and a barrack each were washed away in Kamore forward area along IB, but BSF troops safely shifted from area along with the weapons and ammunition, they said.
Meanwhile, a control room has been set up at Jammu to monitor the flood situation. Due to incessant rain, more than 50,000 people have been affected in Dugrian, Chandimadh, Tushana, Bonikheath, Shindra, Sherikhawaja, Kanzerkote, Bremgalla of Poonch district. Most rivers in the state, including Chenab, Tawi, Ujah, Basantar and Devakare, are flowing above the danger level.
The irrigation and flood control department has issued an advisory, urging people to restrict movement near Tawi, Chenab, Basanter, Ujh and Devak rivers. As per a notice issued by Samba district administration, people have been asked not to stay near the banks of rivers and nullahs.