Heavy rains lashed Kashmir on Wednesday, triggering flash floods and landslides, with authorities forced to shut schools in several districts, while the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway remained blocked for the second day leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.
In Kashmir, the Jhelum crossed the danger mark at Sangam in Anantnag district and the water level was rising in other rivers also, officials said.
Snowfall in the higher reaches including the cave shrine of Amarnath has brought down the day temperature substantially, the officials said.
The water level at Sangam in the Anantnag district was measured at 21.60 ft, marginally above the 21-feet mark for flood declaration, they said.
Vaishov stream, which flows mainly through Kulgam district, was flowing dangerously above the flood alert mark. However, the water level has started receding since 10 am, the officials said.
A breach was reported in a temporary diversion along the banks of Vaishov stream as Chamgund in Kulgam, they said adding many areas of the district have been flooded.
Authorities have started moving people from low-lying areas to safer locations, they said.
The Doodhganga stream was also flowing close to flood alarm level at Barzulla in the heart of Srinagar’s civil lines area.
The weatherman had forecast improvement in the weather.
Schools in many parts of the valley were closed due to the heavy rains which resulted in waterlogging in low-lying areas.
Many houses in the Bemina, Rambagh, and Rajbagh areas of the city were affected due to water logging.
A group of 14 trekkers was stranded near Tarser Lake in south Kashmir and a rescue team was rushed to the spot from Pahalgam.
The snowfall in the upper reaches and rains in the plains has sent the mercury nosediving and Srinagar witnessed its coldest June day in almost 50 years, according to available data.
Srinagar on Tuesday recorded a maximum temperature of 15.0 degrees Celsius, which was 14.2 degrees lower than normal for this time of the year.