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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Flood situation grim in J-K, rescue efforts on

HT Correspondent and PTI  Srinagar, September 05, 2014
First Published: 12:55 IST(5/9/2014) | Last Updated: 13:42 IST(5/9/2014)

Flood situation on Friday worsened in the Valley where River Jhelum was flowing above the danger mark even as the army and NDRF have been called in to assist the administration in relief and rescue efforts.

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Twenty-three people have been killed following a spell of heavy rain in Jammu and Kashmir over the past 72 hours and 50 others are feared dead. Two deaths were reported from Rajouri and Poonch districts in the Jammu division on Friday. 

IAF is making sorties to fly off stranded people. It has rescued 14 people from Paliyari village in Akhnoor district.

“Seventeen people have died till last night and two more deaths have been reported on Friday. The administration is making possible efforts to rescue stranded people,” said Jammu divisional commissioner Shantmanu.

Four people have died in the Kashmir region. According to reports, 12 people are trapped in Rajouri after a landslide.

Meanwhile, army and police personnel have not been able to fish out the bus which was washed away  on Thursday in Lam area in Rajouri. About 50 people are feared dead in this incident. Telephone lines in Rajouri and Poonch district are snapped and electric supply has been hugely affected.

According to reports, 200 people are trapped at different places across the Jammu region.

Most parts of south Kashmir, including Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam district have been submerged and the water level in Rambiara stream in Shopian district was also rising very fast, threatening to inundate the only south Kashmir district not affected by floods so far, officials said.
 
"Army has been asked to assist in the relief and rescue operations in submerged areas of south Kashmir and Srinagar city while six companies of NDRF will be arriving here to assist in the operations today," divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Rohit Kansal told PTI.

He said the NDRF teams will be arriving from Bhatinda in Punjab but bad weather has not allowed the flight to take off so far. "We are hopeful that the weather will improve around afternoon and the aircraft will be able to land," the official said.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah supervised the rescue and relief operation till late last night at Barzulla and adjacent areas to evacuate people from submerged areas.


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