Kashmir floods Live: Jhelum water levels rise as heavy rainfall hits Srinagar again

Apr, 03 2015 IST

  • 09:40 (IST)

    Heavy rainfall hits Srinagar again, Jhelum water levels rise

    Heavy rainfall was reported in Srinagar again. The water levels in Jhelum have begun rising because of the rains, according to CNN-IBN. It has been in Srinagar since last night.

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Hue and cry about situation in Kashmir unnecessary, says Kiren Rijiju

    Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that there should not be hue and cry about the Kashmir floods. "Hue & cry about situation in Jammu and Kashmir isn't necessary. The situation is in control. We are prepared to handle it," he said.

    Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Sonam Lotus said that tonight will be a crucial night for Kashmir. "Moderate or heavy rainfall might take place in Kashmir. Tonight is crucial," he said.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Violent protest erupts in J&K Assembly

    National Conference MLAs created a massive uproar in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over the floodlike situation, which took a violent turn as the NC members were marshaled out of the Assembly. The NC members were demanding an update on the situation in Kashmir, according to TV reports.

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Rainfall resumes in Srinagar

    Fear of the flood situation in Kashmir worsening has emerged again as rainfall hit Srinagar again. The army began evacuation process in Srinagar, reported ANI.

  • 07:52 (IST)

    Heavy rainfall expected till 3 April: Met

    The Met has said that heavy rainfall is expected in the Valley from today till 3 April. ANI also reported that some rainfall took place in Srinagar last night.

    "Some houses were washed off but there was no loss of lives," said Lt Gen Subrata Saha of the Indian army. He also said that three bridges had been washed off till now. "We have mobilized resources from north Kashmir...we are prepared to deal with any situation."

    Meanwhile, the Jammu-Srinagar highway was re-opened on Tuesday, according to CNN-IBN.

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah appeals to tourists not to cancel visit

    Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed to tourists not to cancel their booking for visiting Kashmir in view of flood threats.

    "Those of you with bookings to visit Kashmir please PLEASE don't rush to cancel. Instead I request you wait to see how things develop," Omar wrote on Twitter.

    - PTI

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Gave report on situation in Kashmir to PM Modi, says Naqvi

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he has given a report on the situation in Kashmir to Prime Minister Modi and also spoke to him on the issue. He added that the Centre has assured help to Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 13:13 (IST)

    Situation not as grave, says Rajnath Singh

    The Centre on Tuesday said the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir so far is not as grave as last year but authorities are on alert to deal with any situation.

    "Situation is not as grave as last time. But we are fully alert and if required we will send more assistance," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told PTI.

    The Home Minister yesterday had a telephonic conversation with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who gave him a detailed briefing about the flood situation in the state.

    -- PTI

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Death toll due to floods rises to 19

    According to television reports, death toll has climbed up to 19 on Tuesday. According to Headlines Today, next 48 hours are critical for Jammu and Kashmir. 

    Met had predicted that heavy to very heavy rains in the Valley in the next six days.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Jhelum flowing below danger mark

    NDTV reported that Jhelum is flowing below its danger mark as flood water in Jammu and Kashmir receded on Tuesday. According to latest reports, there was no rainfall in the last 28 hours and NDRF confirmed that the situation in Srinagar and adjoining areas is under control now.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Death toll now 18

    According to latest reports, the death toll in Kashmir due to the flash floods has gone up to 18. ANI news agency tweeted that proceedings in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly were halted after the opposition (National Conference) staged a walkout over the floods.

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Paramilitary forces ready, will send if required: Rijiju

    Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told ANI that paramilitary forces were ready and if the situation in Jammu and Kashmir worsens they will be sent to assist in the rescue operations. 

  • 10:34 (IST)

    'Situation in Jammu and Kashmir normal'

    "Situation has improved significantly. There has been no rainfall since the last 24 hours and the water level has receded. Two NDRF teams are already working there and we are sending six more teams with sufficient boats. It has been a challenge, but we can't compare it to last year's floods," ANI quoted NDRF Director General OP Singh.

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Six bodies recovered from landslide in Budgam district

    Six bodies were recovered in Budgam district as several areas of the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu were in deluge caused by heavy rain over the weekend.

    The six bodies were recovered from the debris in Laden village in Chadoora of Budgam, a senior police official said, adding that one person who was trapped in mudslides was feared dead.

    Process to evacuate affected people was underway as eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed to Kashmir. Armed forces, along with four helicopters, have been placed in readiness for deployment at short notice after local authorities declared a flood situation in the Valley. -- PTI

  • 08:50 (IST)

    Situation in Kashmir normal, says NDRF

    Speaking to CNN IBN, NDRF DG OP Singh said that the situation in flood-ravaged Srinagar was coming back to normal. "Water levels are receding in Kashmir. Rainfall has reduced since last night. NDRF teams are inspecting low-lying areas in the Valley where people might be trapped," Singh told CNN IBN. 

    Singh also added that six more NDRF teams have been sent to assist in the rescue operations.

  • 07:58 (IST)

    22-day-old baby and 4 women among those who dead

    A landslide in Laden village in Budgam district buried two houses, trapping 16 people from two families under the debris. While six bodies were found by evening, all others are feared killed, officials said.

    The dead included four women, a man and a 22-day-old baby, IANS reported.

  • 07:54 (IST)

    Met forecasts more rain in Kashmir

    According to a report in The Indian Express, the India Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in the Valley. The report added that even though water level in Jhelum had marginally stabilised it was still above the danger mark. 

    According to another report in Livemint, Met has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the first three days of April and "even snowfall on 3 April." 

    Speaking to Livemint, BP Yadav, senior scientists and head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at the Met said, "There will be some relief on Tuesday as rainfall is not expected, but the weather conditions will deteriorate again from 1 April with a fresh spell of heavy rainfall. These spells of heavy rainfall are being caused by a chain of western disturbances."

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Army begins rescue operation Megh Rahat II
    The Indian Army is working with state rescue teams as well as the NDRF to reach out to those stranded in Jammu and Kashmir due to the flooding in the state. 

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Police recover 3 bodies, rescue operations on

    Rescue operations are currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir and the police have recovered three bodies from the rubble after houses collapsed due to incessant flooding.

    Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said NDRF teams have been sent from the Centre, adding that the government has released Rs 225 crores for Kashmir & Rs 10 crore to Jammu. He also briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    High-level meet between BSF, CRPF and NDRF takes place

    A high-level meeting between BSF and CRPF DIG-level officers and the NDRF DG OP Singh at the NDRF headquarters in New Delhi. Discussions were held regarding the co-ordination between the BSF and CRPF in Kashmir.

    Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh told the people of Jammu and Kashmir not to panic. "A team has already been dispatched, the disaster management is doing its work and the PM is himself monitoring the situation," he said.

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Death toll climbs to 17

    The death toll in the Budgam disaster climbed to 17, according to CNN-IBN.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Rajnath speaks to Sayeed, Naqvi meets state ministers in Srinagar

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed over the Kashmir floods and assured full support from the Centre.

    Meanwhile, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi arrived in Srinagar and held a meeting with state ministers over the situation in the state.

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that the Centre will do everything to support Kashmir. "Whatever is required in terms of co-ordination, material or financial support will be sent immediately," Rijiju said.

  • 13:42 (IST)

    National Crisis Management meet begins

    The National Crisis Management Committee meeting has begun and is being reportedly chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. Discussions on relief measures, food supply, connectivity and electricity in the Valley are taking place, according to ANI.

  • 13:34 (IST)

    6 teams in standby, says NDRF DG
    NDRF DG OP Singh, in a fresh statement, said that they had six teams in standby and were in touch with the state government in Kashmir. "We have already alerted the rest of the battalion," he said.

    Singh also said that the NDRF teams were equipped with sophisticated equipment. "They are carrying boats, life-jackets, lifebuoys and satellite phones. So, if communication breaks down, they can establish contact," he said. He also said that people would need to be evacuated from some areas where waterlogging had taken place.

  • 13:15 (IST)

    10 bodies recovered in Budgam, 21 still missing

    Ten bodies have been recovered in Budgam from the site of the house collapse, while 21 people are still missing, according to ANI. Four to five houses are reportedly buried because of landslides. Rescue operations by the army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police are underway.

    A hillside collapsed onto a house in a village in Budgam, where three families were sleeping on Monday morning, according to Mushtaq Ahmad, a neighbour. Army and police used diggers and shovels to locate any survivors, according to Reuters."It was a huge landslide, the entire house is covered in earth," Ahmad said. "The chance of finding everyone alive is unlikely."

  • 13:07 (IST)

    The weather forecast for Jammu and Kashmir for the next few days does not look good as the Meteorological Department predicted 'light rain' to 'thunderstorm with rain' for the state till 5 April. Image Courtesy: IMD website

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Patients at the JVC hospital in Bemina had to be evacuated after the hospital was flooded after heavy rains. In Handwara, a canal began overflowing due to the floods.

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Many feared dead in Budgam due to house collapse

    Many people are feared dead due to the house collapse which took place in Budgam. Rescue operations are currently underway.

    A National Crisis Management Committee meeting is expected to be held shortly to discuss the Kashmir floods and assess the situation. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also said that a report on the situation will be presented to the Prime Minister Modi by today evening.

    Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad said, "If any state needs assistance from Centre, it’s the duty of the government to extend all possible help."

  • 11:38 (IST)

    All schools shut for two days as Kashmir govt declares flood in state

    All schools in the Valley have been closed for two days as the Jammu and Kashmir state government declared flood in the state.

    "The government today decided to shut all schools up to class 12 for today and tomorrow in the wake of flood alert," Director Education, Kashmir, Showkat Beigh, told PTI.

    He said all Board of School Examinations scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have also been postponed.

    Meanwhile, University of Kashmir has also postponed its annual examinations for two days.

    Elderly persons and children have also been asked to shift to specially set up camps.

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Will provide compensation to all victims, says CM Sayeed

    Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, in his first public statement on the floods, assured people that he will provide compensation to all the victims affected. "We will compensate all the victims affected due to the floods...With our efforts, the situation will soon return to normal," Sayeed said. "I sincerely hope the situation will improve from today."

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Modi sends high-level team to Kashmir

    PM Narendra Modi has sent a high level team of officials, including MoS for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, to Kashmir to assess the situation, say reports.

    "PM Modi expressed deep concern and is monitoring the situation. We are committed towards providing required assistance," Naqvi said. "PM directed us to visit affected areas, take stock of situation and assess the damage done," he added.

  • 10:35 (IST)

    Two NDRF teams sent to Kashmir, no rain for last 4-5 hours, says NDRF DG

    OP Singh, DG NDRF, told CNN-IBN that two NDRF teams have been airlifted from Bhatinda and will reach Srinagar and South Kashmir in about two hours.

    The two NDRF teams comprise 100 personnel. "Four other teams at Ghaziabad and Bhatinda will be on standby," Singh told PTI.

    Singh also said that no rainfall had occured in the Valley for the last 4 to 5 hours. "There has been some respite, there has been no rain in Kashmir for last 4-5 hours," he said.

    "There is no flooding as of now. There is some water logging in areas of Kashmir Valley. It is good news that there have been no rains for a couple of hours now in the state," he said.

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Hope we've learnt lessons from September 2014, says Omar Abullah

    Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah made a statement on the floods, saying he hopes and is optimistic about the lessons the administration learnt from the September 2014 floods. "The lessons that we learnt in September last year can be executed now," he said. He added that he was praying that the Valley did not see a situation like the one in September last year.

    Omar also said that the Centre did not help after the previous floods. "The central government did nothing after the last floods in Kashmir."

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Three houses collapse in Budgam district

    NDTV reports that three houses have collapsed in the Budgam area of Kashmir. 16 people are feared trapped inside, according to PTI.

  • 10:15 (IST)

    21 missing after house washed away

    CNN-IBN reports that a house has collapsed in Charari Sharief and 21 people are missing as a result. 

The Jhelum river on Monday crossed the danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state which sounded an alert asking people to move to safer places.

A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 am at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22.4 feet and 18.8 feet respectively. Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.

People living on the banks of the river Jhelum have been asked to remain alert and advised to move to safer places. Old persons and children have also been asked to shift to specially set up camps, a government spokesman has said.

AFP image

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He said all the employees deployed for flood control have been asked to report for duty immediately.

If the water level breaches 23 feet mark, the state will have to undertake a massive rescue operations and evacuate people from areas adjoining the river.

Flash floods triggered by incessant rain have damaged scores of houses, school buildings and other structures besides snapping road connectivity in the Kashmir Valley, an official said on Sunday.

"Over 80 structures, including residential homes, school buildings and other structures, have suffered damage due to flash floods since Saturday," an administrative officer told IANS in Srinagar.

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed following landslides at a number of places on Sunday. The Srinagar-Gulmarg road was also closed after a bridge in Kunzar village was washed away by the swollen Ferozepur Nallah.
There was water-logging in many commercial and residential areas in Srinagar.

Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed took stock of the flood threat and reviewed the preparedness of the administration that has already been put on high alert.

The University of Kashmir has postponed all examinations scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

The Meteorological Department predicts heavy rainfall will continue for another six days, according to CNN-IBN. Around 300 people had died when flash floods had hit Jammu and Kashmir in 2014.

Meanwhile, 45 villagers are trapped in Poonch and the police and army personnel have been sent for rescue. "We are monitoring the sitaution," a government official said.

DG NDRF also told CNN-IBN that there is no need to panic as they were working with government officials and everything was under control.

JVMC hospital, a government hospital on the outskirts of Srinagar, was waterlogged. Patients were being evacuated from the hospital. No casualties have been reported due to the floods so far, according to NDTV. Flood relief camps have also been set up in Srinagar.

with inputs from agencies


Published Date: Apr 03, 2015 09:34 am | Updated Date: Apr 03, 2015 09:36 am