One killed as overnight rains cause flash floods in Rajouri, damage reported

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Srinagar: A day after the Department of Disaster Management of Jammu and Kashmir predicted widespread light to moderate rains for the next 72 hours in the erstwhile state; a 35-year-old man was killed after a fresh landslide triggered by heavy rainfall hit Kotli village of Manjkote in Rajouri district on Wednesday.

The fresh landslides triggered by the heavy rainfall also damaged number of roads and bridges partially in Rajouri and Poonch district areas.

Officials said that a landslide hit Kotli village area of Manjakote in Rajouri district in which a 35-year-old man identified as Shokit, son of Mohammad Hussain of Kallar village of Mendhar, was killed.

“His body was removed from the debris site by locals of the area,” officials told a local news agency Kashmir News Observer.

Similarly, many animals feared to have perished in an incident of cattle shed collapse in Sangiote village near Balakote in Poonch district area.

Meanwhile, the officials said that heavy rainfall has triggered flash floods in most of the rivers and small water bodies of Rajouri, creating panic among the masses.

Earlier in a day, the spokesman of the Department of the Disaster Management of JK said that scattered light to moderate rain is also expected in Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan region on August 26 and 27.

The circular issued by the department suggested that continuous rain in vulnerable places may lead to flash floods and landslides.

The circular further read that India Meteorological Department’s experimental model exhibited soil at various places in JK, especially in Jammu is ‘fully saturated’ and bears a low water holding capacity.

It also warned of ‘temporary disruption’ of traffic movement on roads including Srinagar-Jammu highway, Srinagar-Leh highway, Leh-Manali thoroughfare, Mughal Road and Sadhna Pass.


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