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Flash floods hit Valley

india Updated: Sep 09, 2012 23:00 IST
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Kashmir valley witnessed incessant rains for second consecutive day on Sunday, triggering flash floods in the Valley. The meteorological department has forecast more rains in next 24 hours and warned of flash floods in the Valley's hilly areas.

"There will be heavy to very heavy rain at a few places in Kashmir region and at isolated places in Ladakh region during next 24 hours. There is possibility of flash flood in hilly areas," said MeT official in Srinagar.

The authorities rescued more than 25 people trapped in a flash flood at Arijan village, Reshnagri, in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday. "Senior administrative and police officers reached the spot along with rescuers from the Army, Police and Fire Services. All the trapped civilians were rescued and taken to safer areas," said state disaster management cell in-charge Amir Ali.

The rains have brought down temperature by several notches. Srinagar recorded maximum temperature of 18.9 degree Centigrade on Saturday while the minimum was at 16.2 degree Centigrade. The capital city recorded 13.2 mm of rain.

The heavy showers started on Saturday evening and continued for the whole day on Saturday.

The untimely and long spell rains and dip in temperature, according to experts, can impact paddy and horticulture in the valley.

The authorities, however, said the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, prone to landslides and shooting stones, plied normally without any hassle. The MeT department has forecast more rains in the next 24 hours and warned of flash floods.