Floodings close Srinagar-Leh road

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Saturday geared up the flood emergency services in Jammu and Kashmir with Jhelum and Chenab rivers overflowing as a result of incessant rains that have cut off the Valley from the rest of the country for the past two days.

The water level of Jhelum, 40 km upstream from Srinagar, at Sangam in Anantnag district was over 7 feet above the danger mark at 28.05 ft, a flood control department spokesman said.

He said it was one feet beyond the red mark at 19.0 feet in Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar while further downstream at Asham in Baramulla district it was flowing at 11.70 feet, short of the 14 feet level.

There were no reports of any breach but the water level of Jhelum and its tributaries was rising alarmingly in the Valley submerging areas like Charsoo in Anantnag.

Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Leh National Highways were closed for a second day due to landslides between Ramban and Ramsu, leaving 2,000 passengers stranded.

The heavy rainfall was, however, hampering road clearance efforts of the Border Roads Organisation.

(Source : Times of India )

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