J&K police rescues 400 people as flood situation remains grim

Around 150 families have been shifted to safer places in North Kashmir.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: September 5, 2014 2:49 pm
Kashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar on Thursday. At least 100 villages across the Kashmir valley were flooded by overflowing lakes and rivers. (AP Photo) Kashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar on Thursday. At least 100 villages across the Kashmir valley were flooded by overflowing lakes and rivers. (AP Photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has rescued 400 people on Friday after they got trapped in the flash flood in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. “People from several villages along with their cattle were shifted to safer places in South Kashmir,” a police spokesperson said. “14 families comprising of 96 family members have been rescued in Shopian district.” More than 70 people are reported dead in the floods across the state in the last 48 hours.

Around 150 families have been shifted to safer places in North Kashmir. “The whole Kanyari village of about 150 families being shifted to degree college Sumbal,” the police official said.

Earlier on Friday morning a bridge collapsed near the Biniyar town in North Kashmir’s Uri Town.

There was fear and chaos across the Kashmir valley, as people had a sleepless night on Thursday who kept a close watch on the increasing flood situation.

Residents of the areas living on the banks of the Jehlum River in Srinagar city and other areas of the valley also spent the night on the roads under the heavy rains and authorities rescued the trapped people at several places.

Doru Verinag bridge collapses due to flood in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

“My family didn’t slept for the entire night. This is for the first time in my life I have seen such a situation,” Burhan Khalid, from Srinagar’s Rambagh area said. “Just only God can save us from this fury.”

Kashmiri men help a woman move to a safer place after her neighborhood was flooded in Srinagar on Thursday. (AP photo)

Meanwhile, the situation across the Kashmir valley continues to remain grim with more areas getting submerged in the city and other districts. “There is an alarming situation across the Kashmir valley,” Javed Jafer, a government official, told The Indian Express. “So far the Srinagar city is stable, but the worry is that more areas in the city are getting inundated.”

Srinagar residents carrying a goat wade through floodwaters in Srinagar on Thursday. (AP Photo)

The state government has also called special teams of the National Disaster Rescue Force from Ambala in Haryana for the rescue operations. “ Special teams of NDRF are reaching Srinagar today and they would be dispatched to those parts of Kashmir where rescue operation are going on,” Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah said.

 

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