Heavy rainfall batters J-K, CM visits flood hit-areas

Heavy rainfall batters J-K, CM visits flood hit-areas

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Srinagar: Incessant rains lashed the Jammu and Kashmir for fourth consecutive day, the state disaster response force (SDRF) and police have been assisting to evacuate thousands of people from flood -hit areas.

According to the reports nearly 50 villages and parts of Srinagar are badly hit by flood water.

Hundreds of people in flood -hit area were forced to evacuate their homes and have been shifted to safer places.

“We have dispatched 100 boats to Jammu and Kashmir for evacuation of people,” said official.

“The rainfall was extremely heavy and no matter how prepared you are, extreme weather like this is hard to deal with” said official.

Due to inclement weather all the schools and colleges in valley have been closed till Sunday.

The 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu National highway was closed for traffic on second consecutive day as incessant rains which triggering landslides on some parts of the highway.

Officials from the State government confirmed last night that 70 people in Jammu and Kashmir have died in floods and rain related incidents since last three days.

Chief minister Omar Abdullha on Friday morning visited various flood –hit areas in Pulwama, Baramulla and Budgam districts to take personal survey of the flood situation and monitor ongoing rescue and relief operations.

CM interacted with affected families showed his solidarity with them and said that government would take all measures to help the people in the current hour of crisis.

“The first concern of the administration at present is to rescue people and evacuate stranded population to ensure that no loss of human lives take place,” said chief minister.

The state government has already sanctioned Rs. 20 crores to meet the emergency expenditure on account of rescue and relief operation.