J&K floods: As it happened on Monday

Months after Jammu and Kashmir was ravaged by devastating floods, several areas in the Valley are facing a flood-like situation due to the ongoing incessant rains in the state.

J&K floods: As it happened on Monday

Srinagar: Months after Jammu and Kashmir was ravaged by devastating floods, several areas in the Valley are again facing a flood-like situation due to the incessant rains in the state.

Here are the live updates:

10.15 pm: Centre has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for immediate rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

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9.45 pm: Prevailing situation in the Valley must not be allowed to go out of control: Gulam Ahmed Mir (Congress)

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9.30 pm: Cabinet Secretary reviewed flood situation in J&K, and remarked that the state government is geared up to deal with the situation.

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9.00 pm: Six bodies have been extracted from the landslide: Gazanfar Hussain, senior regional official.

8.30 pm: Army engineers are also strengthening weak spots on river Jhelum: SD Goswami 

8.30 pm: Army assured all possible assistance, have established joint control rooms: SD Goswami (PRO, Northern Command)

8.00 pm: 24 people have been rescued from flood-affected area by army and police in joint operation in Poonch: ANI 

7.30 pm: NDRF to send 8 more teams to J&K Tuesday morning.

 

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7.00 pm: J&K government has said that the water level of Jhelum river which had touched the flood levels at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh is showing a declining or static trend.

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6.45 pm: Six teams will reach J&K tomorrow — 4 for Srinagar, 2 for North Kashmir, 2 for South Kashmir: NDRF DG OP Singh

6.15 pm: Sixteen people were buried alive in a landslide in Budgam district, out which three women have been reported dead.

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6.00 pm: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has positioned two teams at Srinagar and mobilised supplies and volunteers to reach flood-hit areas.

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5.45 pm: I am hoping PM will be quick in response, because the situation here is so uncertain: Altaf Bukhari

5.45 pm: PM has sent his colleague here, people feel relieved that they are cared for: Altaf Bukhari, J&K Minister for Public Works Department 

5.30 pm: We will conduct a review meeting and send the report to PM by tonight: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  

5.30 pm: The situation is serious but there is no need to panic, everything is in control now: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 

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5.30 pm: Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is visiting flood-affected areas.

5.00 pm: Released Rs 225 crores for Kashmir and Rs 10 crores to Jammu, also had telephonic talk with the Home Minister: J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

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5.00 pm: NDRF teams have been sent from the Centre: J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

3:30 pm: Indian Army has 20 Flood Relief Columns ready to react and deploy at short notice. It has placed water pumps at Shivpora, Srinagar for de-watering and additional pumps have been placed at BB Cantt.

2:10 pm: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi meets J&K ministers Altaf Bukhari, Imran Raza Ansari, and Sukhnandan Kumar in Srinagar. The ministers apprised the BJP leader about the flood situation.

Today morning PM Modi rushed Naqvi to Kashmir for on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation and to coordinate with state authorities for whatever help is required.

2:00 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to enquire about the flood situation.

 

1:50 pm: J&K CM asks the Army to provide logistic support, in terms of men and machinery, to the civil administration to effectively counter the flood situation in the Valley.

1:30 pm: In view of the floods, National Crisis Management Meet begins in Home Ministry. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is chairing the meet.

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1:15 pm: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju assures Centre's full support to Kashmir. 

1:00 pm: Around five houses sink into ground in Budgam district of Kashmir. While ten bodies have been recovered, 21 people are still missing.

12:30 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir government said that as of now it has no plans to call out the army to assist civil administration to tackle the floods.

11:45 am: J&K Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar confirms that Jhelum river is flowing above danger point in Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh areas.

The J&K Minister advises people living along river to be on alert. Akhtar says, “We have tried to learn from last year’s disaster,” adding that flood control and management regime has been activated.

"There is a greater vulnerability of the embankments because many of them had been breached last time and the engineers were still trying to fill those gaps. So, that is a worry. But, we have mounted a 24-hour vigil on the bunds all across the valley," he says.

He further said that schools across the state have been closed for the next two days.

"We are trying to plug wherever there is a report of Jhelum having over flown a couple of places. But, that is a minor worry. The major worry would be if, god forbids, there is a breach, which we are trying to prevent," he further adds.

11:15 am: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed arrives in Srinagar to take stock of situation and assures compensation to the affected people. “We will do everything possible for the people and will try to provide compensation to non-insured people,” he says.

10:50 am: J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh addresses state Assembly, says the situation is a matter of concern for all of us and the government is serious about the issue.

10:35 am: IAF aircraft loaded with relief material departs from Bathinda, Punjab.

10:30 am: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who is scheduled to lead a team of officials to assess the flood-like situation in J&K says, "the PM has directed us to visit affected areas and take stock of the situation." 

10:20 am: Two houses sink into ground at Chadoora area in Budgam district of Kashmir, 16 people feared trapped, says police.

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10:10 am: Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah says, "I hope and pray that we don't have to face the situation as we faced last September during the floods."

Omar stresses on using the past experience to deal with the current situation. He urged the administration to appoint same officials in the affected regions, who were deployed during last year's floods. 

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9:40 am: PM Narendra Modi decides to send a high-level team of officials along with MoS for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to assess flood like situation in Kashmir.

9:30 am: Having appealed to the public to not to panic, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General OP Singh says that four teams are on standby. 

Singh says there is no flood like situation and only water-logging is there in some areas. He further assures that the NDRF is fully prepared and proactive to deal with any untoward situation.

9:25 am: The Jammu and Kashmir Government issues flood warning following incessant rainfall resulting in rise in water level of Jhelum River.

9:20 am: Minister of State Abdul Majid Paddar confirms that Jhelum river has crossed the danger level in some areas. The J&K Minister says that water level is expected to recede as there has been no downfall in the last few hours.

9:15 am: Heavy rains overnight has caused waterlogging in Kashmir's towns and villages. Avalanche warning has been issued in some areas. Also, power supply has been hit in many parts of the state capital.

9:00 am: Briefing the media Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu says that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed senior ministers to visit all the states  and take stock of situation assess the damage done to the farmers due to unseasonal rains.

8:45 am: No rains reported in last 3-4 hours. The MeT department has said there will be no rain for the next 4-5 hours. 

8:15 am: The Meteorological Department has said that the state would witness heavy rainfall in the next six days, adding that the hilly regions in north India would be under a wet spell next week as well.

7:00 am: Jhelum river has crossed danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of south Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has declared floods in parts of the Kashmir valley as the water levels in the Jehlum rose steeply in last 12 hours.

The government has advised people living near the banks of the Jhelum and in the low lying areas of the valley to shift to safer places.

A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 am at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22.4 feet and 18′.8 feet respectively. Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.

At Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar, the water level at 6 am has been recorded at 18.55 feet which is slightly higher than the flood alert level.

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed following landslides at a number of places on Sunday.

The Srinagar-Gulmarg road was also closed after a bridge in Kunzar village was washed away by the swollen Ferozepur Nallah.

The newly-elected Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday took stock of the flood threat and reviewed the preparedness of the administration that has already been put on high alert.

The University of Kashmir has postponed all examinations scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

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