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Flood-like situation in J&K with non-stop rain, snowfall

07 April 2017

Authorities said at 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Jhelum's water level at Sangam in Anantnag was 19.7 feet, well above the flood alert mark of 18 feet, while at Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar city, the level was 17.7 feet, against the flood alert mark of 16 feet.

"Continuous rain in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district triggered landslides and shooting stones at some places on the highway", the traffic department official said.

The chief minister asked the divisional administration to gear up to meet any eventuality in view of the inclement weather, an official spokesman told PTI.

He said although the water level was still rising in the river, the rate of increase had showed a downward trend in the past couple of hours.

Former chief minister of state Omar Abdullah took social site and wrote, "1st week of April & the day starts with Srinagar under a blanket of white snow/sleet".

Incessant rains caused water bodies in Srinagar to swell, buildings to submerge and traffic to crawl on water logged roads.

A flood alert was issued for south and central Kashmir on Thursday after the Jhelum and its tributaries crossed the 18-feet mark at Sangam in Anantnag district, the Kashmir Reader reported.

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Vehicles navigate their way through a waterlogged street in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday.

Authorities have ordered closure of schools and college across the region for three days in wake of heavy rains.

She specifically directed patrolling of spots which had breached during the floods of 2014. Due to such inclement weather, the Kashmir University has postponed all examinations that were scheduled to be held on January 16 and 17.

Parts of north India received rains today keeping the scorching heat at a bay, while incessant rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir led to landslides forcing closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and a flood advisory being issued in the Valley.

The weatherman also forecast the possibility of scattered to widespread rains or thunderstorm in the State till Saturday.

There will be significant improvement in weather from Friday., he said asking people to "keep cool, be vigilant, stay safe and don't get panicked".

Flood-like situation in J&K with non-stop rain, snowfall