National Highway closed, yatra suspended

National Highway closed, yatra suspended

Jammu Rains: 2 minor girls washed away, woman dies in house collapse
Jammu: Two minor girls were washed away in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Jammu on Wednesday. Several areas have been submerged and authorities have sounded a flood alert in river Tawi.
Around 10.30am on Wednesday, two girls aged nine and seven years old — Menakshi and Shakshi Sharma respectively – were washed away in the floods in a nallah in Janipura belt of Jammu city, deputy commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh, said.
The bodies have been recovered and kept in mortuary at GMC hospital, he said, adding a relief of Rs four lakh ex-gratia each has been announced for the families of the deceased.
Singh said heavy rains since last night have caused floods in various areas of Jammu, and damages to the public and private properties were reported in several areas.
Jammu experienced the highest rainfall of this year, the deputy commissioner said.
A flood alert in river Tawi has been sounded, he said, adding water level in the river at Udhampur is above danger level and it is likely to swell in Jammu as well..
Singh said the entire staff of Flood and Irrigation Control Department has been alerted.
Meanwhile, heavy traffic snarls were witnessed at Canal road-Jewel chowk and Akhnoor road-Bakshinagar areas and it took hours for the authorities to streamline the traffic. “In the railway station area of the city a number of ‘jhuggis’ (makeshift dwellings) have also been damaged,” the official said.
“People in low lying and flood prone areas have been asked to remain vigilant.”
Normal life in Jammu region have been affected due to torrential rains since Tuesday night. The rains continued without a let up on Wednesday. Arshad Begum, 45, wife of Muneer Hussain resident of Sawni Rajouri died after her house collapsed reports said.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed deep grief over the demise of two children who were washed away in flashfloods.
Extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the Chief Minister prayed for the eternal peace to the departed souls.
The Chief Minister has sought the details of the losses caused by the flashfloods in various parts of the State. Meanwhile incessant rainfall since last night led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway for traffic movement on Wednesday, officials said.
They said rainfall has triggered landslides along the highway and BRO men are on job to clear the 300-km, the only road link which connects Kashmir with rest of the country.
Widespread rainfall across Kashmir since last night broke the dry spell and brought respite for the people from scorching heat.
Rains have brought the temperatures down and are likely to continue for day or two.
Authorities said that no pilgrim will be allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine till the weather improves. Similarly, pilgrims, who had left Cave shrine for Baltal base camp early this morning after paying obeisance and having night stay there, were also stopped.
Yatra official said pilgrims, who were on way to cave shrine via traditional Pahalgam track, have also been stopped at different halting stations, where all facilities are available. However, pilgrims, who had night halt at nearby camps, have been paying obeisance since early this morning at the cave shrine.
Till date about 2.09 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine.
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali too has expressed grief over loss of life and damages to houses in Rajouri in flash floods and instructed District Administration to provide immediate relief to the victims.
The Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and instructed Deputy Commissioner Rajouri to provide immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased. He also instructed surveying the loss of property in flash floods so as to provide them compensation.
Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali directed District Administration to remain vigilant in dealing with flood situation and provide safety to the public.
Meanwhile, the Minister also directed Flood Control Department to mark all streams and rivers with Danger Marks so that people take safety measures in flood situations.
The Minister also advised local public to cooperate with administration and don’t block Nallahs and remove encroachments on the bank of streams.

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