Four people were killed and one went missing on Sunday as incessant rains for the last two days threw normal life out of gear across Jammu region.
Of the four, two people were killed when their Srinagar-bound Scorpio skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Sher Bibi. Identifying the deceased as Ghulam Mohammad Drabu of Banihal and Showkat Ahmed of Dooru (Anantnag), sources said that search for the missing persons was in progress.
Meanwhile, Fatay Chand, 85, was killed in house collapse at Parlahadpur, while a woman Darshana Devi, 38, died after she was hit by landslides in Parmandal area. Three people were injured in house collapse at Jakhed in Kathua district.
With this the number of people killed in landslides and accidents during rains has risen to nine, as five Vaishnodevi pilgrims had died and nine others injured after the collapse of a shelter shed along the yatra track near Adh Kuwari on Saturday morning. The tragedy struck when landslides hit the shelter shed.
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for most part of the day, since 3 am Sunday, due to landslides. However, one way traffic was restored in the evening as Border Roads Organisation personnel were busy clearing landslides at Kheri near Udhampur.
The Doda-Kishtwar road, which was closed due to landslides, was also restored in the evening. However, vehicles on both the Jammu-Srinagar and Batote-Doda-Kishtwar highways was moving at snail’s pace as both the roads had become slippery at various places. Various link roads in Udhampur, Reasi, Doda and Kathua districts were blocked due to landslides triggered by rains.
Meanwhile, flood alert was sounded in low lying areas at various places. In Jammu, Chenab was flowing just at 33 ft gauge, just 2 ft short of danger mark, while Tawi was flowing at 13 ft.
Two employees of Public Health Engineering Department were rescued by State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) personnel after they got caught in flash floods in a nullah in Billawar. Nearly 70 people belonging to Gujjar community at Katyal village in R S Pura tehsil were rescued by civil administration and local police after their locality got marooned in flood waters from Tawi.