Rain continues in Jammu, many trapped
Jammu: Hundreds of people were trapped in various places in Jammu as heavy rains continued on Sunday, triggering landslides and posing a threat to many villages with rivers flowing close to the danger mark. About 50 people were rescued, officials said on Sunday.
Evacuation efforts were on in villages of Akhnoor area, about 50 km northwest of Jammu, as the Chenab river touched the danger mark.
Amongst those rescued were 26 people trapped in Kathua district due to flash floods Saturday night. They were rescued with the help of police and the army.
Deputy Commissioner Kathua Zahida Khan said: "Twenty-six people, mostly from Gujjar families, were trapped at several places in the flood-hit Ujh. With the help of the police, the army and the civil defence volunteers the people were rescued.
"Near Kot Punnu and Khagial, boats were used by the army."
Over a dozen people were rescued from Samba district where the Basantar river flooded its banks.
"We are continuously monitoring the water-level of all the main rivers that can effect the population," said an official of Irrigation and Flood Control Department. The Tawi river flowing across Jammu city has also swollen, threatening fields and villages downstream.
There were about half a dozen landslides on the 300 km Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, considered a lifeline to the Kashmir valley.
"We were able to clear the area by Saturday evening and resume traffic," said Gareeb Das, deputy inspector general of police, Doda-Ramban range. The continuing rains caused more landslides, leaving over 1,500 vehicles stranded.
Highways connecting the mountainous districts of Poonch and Rajouri in northwest Jammu and Doda and Kishtwar in the northeast also reported similar landslides.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Modi addresses the nation during Maan Ki baat
- Delhi police arrests BSF personnel, ISI operative for espionage
- Kerala's Sunni religious leader calls gender equality ‘un-Islamic’
- Maharashtra: Shani Shignapur temple purifies after woman offers oil
- Panel discussion on P Chidambaram's remarks over ban on 'The Satanic Verses'
- Muslims worldwide had celebrated after 9/11: Donald Trump
- Had Sardar Patel become PM, India would have been another Pakistan, says Kancha Ilaiah
- Reptile fossil explains how snakes lost their legs
- Video: India won't tolerate disrespect to national anthem – this Mumbai family learnt it the hard way
- Watch: Boy dies after falling from a Mumbai local train – video maker is guilty too!