Fresh rain triggers flood fear in the valley

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Srinagar: As fresh rains hit the valley again, fresh flood fear gripped the state. The water level in Jhelum which was receding so far, is again on the rise due to the continuous rainfall.

Jhelum was earlier flowing at 14.10 feet at Sangam in south Kashmir, nearly nine feet below the danger mark, while the water level at Ram Munshi Bagh in the city was 15.25 feet, an official of the Flood Control Department said.

Heavy rainfall since the last week has resulted in death of 15 persons in Chadoora area of Budgam district, one in Udhmapur district while another person is feared dead. The deaths took place when a residential house at village Laden vanished due to caving in of land caused by heavy rains.

The tourism industry in the state got severely struck by the ravaging floods. The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for traffic for the third day on Friday due to fresh landslides triggered by heavy rains, leaving over 500 Kashmir-bound passengers stranded.

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