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J&K reels under floods; toll reaches 8

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 16:37 IST

Nearly 160 villages in the state continued to reel under floods where two more persons lost their lives taking the death toll to eight, even as there were no fresh rains since Sunday evening.

Water level of almost all rivers and streams started receding following improvement in the weather but nearly 160 villages in the state continued to reel under floodwaters, officials said.

Two people, who went to gather firewood, lost their lives in different incidents in Anantnag district, they said.

On Saturday, six members of a family were killed when their house collapsed in Kathua.

Officials said water level of river Jhelum upstream Sangam that was flowing nearly 12 feet above danger mark has receded and was flowing just 10 degrees above danger mark on Monday morning.

Similarly downstream at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, the water has started receding. They said adding with further improvement in the weather the flood situation will further improve.

Army and CRPF are also engaged in rescue and relief operations in the worst affected Anantnag, Pulwama, Baramulla and Srinagar districts.

Two motorboats of army engineers were pressed into service and evacuated 35-40 residents of the colony including women and children, a defence spokesman said.

He said army units also assisted in evacuating residents of Sabdan in Budgam district. Tents were pitched up to accommodate the evacuees in Sabdan area. Food packets and medicines were also provided to the needy by the army.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges remained closed on Monday as the government has announced two day closure of the educational institutions to accommodate the marooned residents in the school and other government buildings.