India – Floods in Kashmir Valley After Jhelum River Overflows

Flooding was reported in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir Valley after a period of heavy rain in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Levels of the Jhelum river and its tributaries, including Veishov, Rambiara and Lidder, increased dramatically. The Jhelum surpassed danger levels at Rammunshibagh near Srinagar on 06 April.

Some low-lying areas of the city were flooded and the army along with National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) were called in to assist with evacuations.

Residents feared a repeat of the devastating floods of March and April of 2015 when 44 people died and 12,565 buildings were damaged. However, this time around the flooding was short lived and no fatalities in Srinagar were reported.

Elsewhere in the state, a young girl died when she was swept away by flash floods in Kupwara, according to local media. Other deaths were reported as a result of avalanches and lightning strikes.

In Poonch district, an Indian Air Force helicopter was used to rescue and evacuate 17 people left stranded by the flood water.

The severe weather has reportedly destroyed or damaged wide areas of fruit crops in the valley. Schools were closed in many areas.

On 07 April Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to offer any and all help from central government to deal with the flood situation in the Kashmir Valley.

Flooding has since eased and levels of rivers started to fall.

Vehicle in flood water, Jammu and Kashmir India, April 2017. Photo: Indian Army

Rainfall

Local media report that Kokernag, Anantnag district recorded 80 mm of rain from 05 to 06 April 2017. Banihal in Ramban district recorded 55.6 mm and Bhaderwah, Doda district, 53.4 mm of rain.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that Kupwara, Pahalgam and Gulmarg all recorded 50 mm of rain between 04 and 05 April.

Avalanches

While lower areas received heavy rainfall, higher locations around the Kashmir Valley received high levels of snowfall. Northern Command of the Indian Army reported 15 feet of snow overnight, 05 to 06 April, 2017.

An army post in Batalik sector was buried, leaving at least 3 soldiers dead and 3 missing. Two civilians died in an avalanche in Kargil.

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Flood summary

Last updated: April 10, 2017
Event
Jammu and Kashmir, India, April 2017
Date
April 4 to April 8, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Srinagar
B - Kupwara
C - Poonch

Magnitude

River level
1586.8 metres
Jhelum river, Rammunshibagh near Srinagar - April 7 to April 7, 2017
Danger level is 1586.5 metres
Rainfall level
80 mm in 24 hours
Kokernag - April 5 to April 6, 2017
Rainfall level
55.6 mm in 24 hours
Banihal - April 5 to April 6, 2017
Rainfall level
53.4 mm in 24 hours
Bhaderwah - April 5 to April 6, 2017
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Kupwara - April 4 to April 5, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Kupwara - April 4 to April 8, 2017
Other deaths also reported as a result of avalanches and lightning strike.
Rescued
50 people
Estimated figure. The Indian Army reported rescues of 17 people in Poonch district, and several other rescue / evacuations operations in Srinaga and other parts of the stater, although no exact figures were given.

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