4 killed in Jammu flash floods

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed, Mughal Road open

Four persons died and three others suffered injuries in flash floods following incessant rains in Jammu region, officials said on Tuesday.

Over two dozen houses and scores of vehicles have been damaged by the gushing waters. While two persons died in Udhampur district and two others were injured, one person each died in Jammu and Poonch districts since Monday, the officials said.

One pilgrim was injured in a landslide on the track to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine in Katra belt of Reasi district today.

45-year-old Babu Ram was washed away in a drain and his body was recovered yesterday, the officials said adding 22-year-teacher Dimple Devi died as a wall collapsed following floods in Udhampur.

Another local identified as Sanjay Kumar slipped in a drain during flash floods in bus stand area in Jammu last night and his body was recovered, they said.

24-year-old Javed was washed away in flash floods in Mani belt of Poonch district on Monday, they said, adding his body has been recovered.

About two dozen houses and structures suffered damaged due to rains, flash floods and landslides in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Udhampur and Reasi districts and scores of vehicles have been damaged in Jammu city.

The region has been witnessing heavy rainfall during night time for past three days. Many important roads in Janipur, New Plot and Talab Tillo areas of Jammu city have been flooded.

In several colonies particularly in Janipur and Kangrial, flood waters have entered houses causing huge problems to the people.

Kangrail village on outskirts of Jammu is one of the worst-hit areas. The flood water entered many houses in the area, damaging household items and electronic equipment.

Trees and electric poles have been uprooted in several areas and several vehicles washed away in New Plot area.

The worst-affected areas are Keran, Kangrail, Raipur, Kot-Bhalwal, Burn and Ghrota, Paloura, Channi Himmat and other low-lying areas where the rainwater entered houses.

Meanwhile Chenab, Tawi and Basantar rivers were overflowing.  Power and water supply to most parts of Jammu city and other rural areas has been affected badly since last evening while water and mud has entered many houses and shops in Old Janipur, Bhawani Nagar, Naseeb Nagar, Shant Nagar, Paloura, Lower Roop Nagar, Muthi and several other areas. PTI 

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed, Mughal Road open

Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway was suspended for second consecutive day on Tuesday due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in Ramban district. However, Mughal road is open for two-way traffic. 

The nearly 270-km Jammu-Srinagar highway was blocked by fresh landslides at Digdol in Ramban district, officials said.

They said no damage or casualty was reported in landslides and it caused a massive traffic jam on road, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

Over 400 vehicles are stranded at various places en route, the officials said.

The men and machines of BRO are working to clear the highway of landslides and make it trafficable, they said, adding two major landslides at Seri in Ramban and Kheri in Udhampur were cleared by BRO and the highway made motorable for a brief time but fresh landslides blocked it.

Traffic personnel said Mughal Road, connecting twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with southern Kashmir’s Shopian district, was opened for two-way traffic. 

The roads in Mahore in Reasi district was also closed due to multiple landslides besides some roads in Kishtwar and Rajouri suffered some damage due to flooding. 

In Kathua district, a road patch has been washed away by flash floods at Basholi, they said. PTI