Floods in Jammu Region

Jammu region in the northern Indian state of Jammu Kashmir, suffered floods and landslides after incessant rainfall hit large parts of the region over the last few days. The heavy rain has swollen the rivers in the area. Levels of the Chenab, Tawi, Ujah, Basantar and Devakare are all close to or above danger levels. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has appealed to locals to stay away from the rivers.

India’s weather office has forecast that the light to moderate rainfall will continue in Jammu division, although elsewhere, including the Kashmir Valley, the rains would ease. Jammu City saw nearly 9cm of rain in the last 24 hours. Other areas are also seeing similar rainfall levels, including Batote which had 8.5cm, Udhampur 13cm and Bhaderwah 11cm.

Over 50,000 people have been affected across Jammu. Reports claim as many as 12 people have died in the floods. Three were swept away by raging flood waters – one of them in the swollen Tawi river, two others, a newly married couple, in a flooded stream near Daksur. Three other victims were buried in their home after a landslide in the village of Sanjiote. Around 300 people were stranded by the floods in Poonch, Rajouri, Samba and Jammu. All have been rescued with the help of Army and Air Force.

Power supplies have been cut, and transport badly affected, in particular the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which was closed in parts due to flooding and landslides. Electricity pylons have been washed away or damaged in the flood waters, leaving some areas around Poonch, without power. Roads and bridges have also been struck. Flooding has also been severe in the Mendhar area, where crops and farmland have been badly hit, and Jammu City where houses in lowland areas were damaged.

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Sources: Kashmir Times; Outlook India; NDTV