Srinagar: As Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing incessant rains from past three days followed by flash floods and increase of water level, hilly areas and those living in close distance of rivers in Rajouri have been advised to stay alert.
Besides this, landslides due to rains have hampered the traffic movement on Srinagar Jammu highway.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued flash flood guidance for the region, with a moderate risk outlook for the next 24 hours.
It also issued a red alert as it predicted that moderate thunderstorm accompanied with lightning at isolated places is likely over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and Himachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, landslides triggered by overnight rains led to the closure of several other hilly roads in different parts of the Jammu division.
Over the past two days, several deaths were also reported in different parts of the region.
The Met Department forecast also said that heavy rainfall will continue across the valley till the evening of August 27, after which a gradual decrease is expected.
In Rajouri, people have been advised to stay alert following heavy rains.
“We have made an announcement in the regions along with the river, especially in the areas near Tawi River like Thana Mandi, Rajouri district, Nowshera and Manja Kot. If rains lash a specific region, we will accordingly inform other regions to stay alert as the river flow may increase,” Superintendent of Police, Rajouri told India TV.
In the district, police have issued an alert and people have been advised not to move close to any water body.
A press statement from Rajouri police read: “In view of heavy rainfall in the last 12 hours, most of the water bodies are heavily flooded. Keeping in view all this, an alert is issued and people are advised not to move close to any water body. Besides, in case of any emergency, people can contact the officers and helpline numbers of police across Rajouri district which are given below.”
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