Fresh rain triggers flood fear in the valley

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Srinagar: The flood hit Kashmir valley again received fresh rainfall on Wednesday triggering flood fear in the valley.

Rainfall began on Tuesday night and is expected to continue for next two days and can again cause surge in the water level of river Jhelum, officials said.

Jhelum was flowing at 11.70 feet at Sangam in south Kashmir, way below the flood level of 21 feet while the level at Ram Munshi Bagh was 15.35 feet against the flood level of 19 feet, officials added.

“All the contingency plans are in place. Temporary shelters have been set up for people evacuated from flood prone areas,” an official said.

According to the official, NDRF and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been put on a standby.
“We have earmarked one column (75 to 100 troops) in each Company Operating Base (COB) ready to respond to any eventuality,” an army official said.

“Three composite rescue groups constituting of Infantry, Engineers, EME and Army Medical Corps have been set up at Badamibagh Cantonment, Old Airfield and Zainakot”, army official added.

Heavy rainfall since Saturday has resulted in death of 15 people in Chadoora area of Budgam district

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