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KATHUA: Due to heavy rainfall in higher reaches of Bani and Billawar flood alert was issued Sewa river crossed danger mark and Naaj and Bhini rivers were reported to be flowing above danger level. Water level in Ranjit Sagar Dam was reported to be 517 Ft against danger mark of 524 Ft. Owing to continuous rainfall and rising level of rivers the district administration has issued alert. Meanwhile 26 trapped persons were rescued at Rehinbrohra in Billawar. Soon after receiving the report of 26 persons of marriage party of 3 families trapped at Dadwara in Mohra Rehinbrohra in the middle of river, a rescue team lead by Tehsildar Billawar Dr Manmeet Kumar and local police rushed to the spot. After 3 hour long rescue operation all the trapped persons were evacuated.   

Atleast 7 houses were reported to have been damaged in Ramkote, Billawar and Bani Tehsils. Tents and blankets have been rushed to the affected areas by local administration. Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary informed that field functionaries of all the departments as well as police are on high alert to tackle the situation.

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JAMMU: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today expressed grief over burying alive of two persons inside their house in a landslide in village Diwalkund, Dessa in Doda district, following incessant rains that have lashed the State for the past several days. In his message, the Chief Minister, while condoling the unfortunate deaths, sanctioned ex gratia relief in favour of the Next of Kin of those who died in the landslide. He directed the rescue team at the spot to make all out efforts to save the five remaining trapped persons under the debris. The Chief Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed souls. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh has also expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic incident. He has expressed sympathy with the braved families and asked the district administration to expedite the rescue efforts in the area.

 

 

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SRINAGAR:  Baramulla police today evacuated 30 families from landslide prone area of Iqbal Colony, Pattan. The families consisting of 154 members were shifted to safer places. Moreover, another family of seven members was shifted from Chopan Mohalla Sultanpora.  Police is keeping a close watch in the landslide prone areas of the district and if there is any apprehensions of landslide triggering, the people are being evacuated as per the evacuation plan already framed for the flash flood and landslide prone areas. Meanwhile, embankments of river Jehlum were strengthen by police at several places by using sand bags in the District.   Police also press into service water pumps to clear many waterlogged areas in Baramulla Town.