Two schoolgoing girls were among three people killed on Wednesday as Jammu region witnessed the season’s heaviest rainfall since previous night.
Sources said that the two girls were washed away in flash floods in the densely populated Excelsior Lane in Janipur area in the morning. The bodies of both the girls were later fished out of the local nullah by police.
Identifying one of the deceased as Meenakshi, 9, a class 4 student of Blue Bird School, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh, said that the identity of the other, aged 7, was still unknown. He announced a cash relief of Rs 4 lakh to next of kin of each deceased under the State Disaster Relief Fund.
It was the season’s heaviest rainfall on Wednesday which recorded 157 mm at 8.30 am. The district administration has sounded alert in areas adjoining the banks of river Tawi in view of rising water level.
Sources attributed the flash floods in Excelsior Lane to large scale encroachments on adjoining forest land and khuds virtually chocking the outflow of rainy waters. A number of vehicles were also damaged in the floods, police said.
One person was also killed in a house collapse at Chingus in Rajouri district. Details are awaited as a police party had rushed to the spot.
Meanwhile, normal life was thrown out of gear due to water logging in many a low lying areas in Jammu city and its outskirts. This led to huge traffic jams at various places especially Canal Road, Bakshi Nagar, and Janipur.
The electricity and water supply to many parts of the city and its outskirts was also hit. All the rivers and nullahs in the region were full due to continuous downpour since last night. While Ujh and Basantar rivers were nearing the danger mark, Tawi and Chenab were close to alert level.
The helicopter service between Katra and Sanjichhat was suspended due to bad weather, while Vaishnodevi pilgrimage on foot and ponies continued as usual. The Jammu-Srinagar and Batote-Doda national highways were open for vehicular movement. Nearly 865 Amarnath pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar base camp at Jammu for Kashmir Valley in the morning.