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Jhelum still above danger mark
5 deaths reported in Anantnag, Pulwama
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 5
Even as the water level is receding slightly with the clearing of skies here, the Jhelum is still flowing above the danger mark. The Jammu and Kashmir Government has declared red alert to meet any exigency arising out of the flood situation. A population of 11.90 lakh, spread over 495 villages, mostly in Anantnag and Pulwama districts of South Kashmir, has been affected by the floods. At least 263 persons, marooned in floods, have been rescued, while 263 boats have been pressed into service in rescue and relief operations. The floods caused damage to 1,113 houses, including partial damage to 382 houses and marginal damage to 731 houses.

This information was given at a meeting presided over by Housing and Urban Development Minister, Tariq Hameed Qarrah and attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, District Development Commissioner, Srinagar and Divisional Heads of civil and police departments here today.

According to the Minister for Power, Mr Nawan Rigzin Jora, power supply to all receiving stations had been restored except Chadoora line from the Pampore grid station, where conductors of 33 kv are touching river span at Kadlabal, Pampore, near here.

With improvement in the weather conditions, light vehicular traffic was restored between Srinagar and Khannabal, part of the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Officials said the traffic would be fully restored on the stretch by tomorrow.

The Kashmir valley continued to remain cut off from the rest of the country for the fifth consecutive day today due to landslides in the Ramban-Banihal area. The movement of traffic is expectedly to be resumed tomorrow. The 434-kms Srinagtar-Leh highway was opened to light vehicular traffic today.

The government has decided that schools in Kashmir valley would remain closed up to the weekend except in districts of Leh and Kargil. Besides, except the educational zone of Hajin in Baramulla, schools in Baramula and Kupwara districts would function as usual. All official functions, including Police Dal Mela scheduled for Thursday, have been suspended, an official spokesman said.

At least five deaths have been reported in Anantnag and Pulwama districts. Two persons were washed away, while a woman died in a house collapse, reports reaching here said. Paddy crop, spread over more than 92000 acres, and orchards over more than 35,000 acres have been damaged, officials here said. They said the Sheep Development Department had recorded mortality of 1417 sheep due to the flood. Other loss of livestock and damage to the standing crops was being assessed.



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