J-K: 2 dead, 5 feared killed in house collapse
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J-K: 2 dead, 5 feared killed in house collapse

Landslides triggered by overnight rains claimed two lives in Baramulla district while at least seven others were feared dead after a house collapsed in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2015 14:12 IST
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In yet another case of honour killing, a girl’s father and brother were rounded up by the district police on Friday night for allegedly killing her for honour.

Expressing grief, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed directed rescue teams to save the five still trapped under debris.

In Kathua district, seven houses were damaged, while police rescued 26 people of a marriage party trapped in flash floods.

A police spokesperson said the house of Satish Ram, who was staying along with five members of his family and a brother-in-law, collapsed early on Friday morning due to landslides triggered by overnight rain.

The incident occurred early on Friday morning, but the matter was reported to police in the afternoon, said the spokesperson, adding the road link to Dessa has also been snapped.

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the third consecutive day.

“The house has been razed completely by the landslides. Various rescue teams of the army and police rushed the spots, however, rescue operation couldn’t be started due to heavy rains,” said Nissar Ahmad, deputy inspector general of police, Doda range, adding the bodies are yet to be recovered. Kathua deputy commissioner (DC) Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary said as many as 26 members of a marriage party, who were trapped in a overflowing nullah in Rehinbrohra area of Billawar tehsil, were rescued in a three-hour operation.

Upper areas of the district received a heavy rainfall, while the main Sewa river was flowing above the danger mark, said the DC, adding an alert has been sounded in the area.

The water level in the Ranjit Sagar Dam is reported at 517 feet close to the danger mark of 524 feet. The traffic on 300-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained suspended for the third consecutive day because of heavy landslides.

Traffic officials said restoration work was going on at 12 places on the highway, which would be open by Saturday morning.

Poonch DC MH Malik said four houses were damaged in Poonch district due to heavy rains and a 120 feet bridge near the Line of Control (LoC) was damaged partially.

Valleys see sunshine on Friday

Overnight incessant rains stopped and overcast sky gave way to a bright sun in the Kashmir Valley, which was reeling under wet weather for the last seven days leading to flooding in some low lying areas and triggering landslides that left 16 people dead and hundreds homeless.

The meteorological department has forecast that the weather will remain mostly dry over the state during the next four days. However, light to moderate rain or thundershowers will occur at some places during the next 24 hours.

Heavy rains, which started lashing Srinagar and other parts of the Valley on Thursday night, stopped around forenoon on Friday.

The sky got clear on Friday afternoon amid special prayers after overnight heavy rains sparked fresh apprehensions of deluge among the denizens of the Valley — still overcoming the massive destruction caused by floods in September last year.

First Published: Apr 03, 2015 18:44 IST