6 Bodies Recovered From Landslides, Toll Rises To 16

31 March 2015
India Today


New Delhi: Six bodies were recovered on Tuesday increasing the death toll to 16 in Jammu and Kashmir as a devastating flood in the state forced thousands to flee to safer places. Several areas of the 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, PTI reported. 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. The central government on Monday granted Rs.200 crore as immediate relief as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and coordinate with state authorities with regard to the requirements. Due to heavy rains over the weekend, river Jhelum was flowing above the danger mark at several places including Sangam in Anantnag district and Ram Munshi Bagh in the city. Flood water entered several low-lying areas of Kashmir, including capital Srinagar, leading to panic among the locals for whom memories of the devastating deluge only seven months back are fresh in mind. Over 280 people had died and tens of thousands left homeless and property worth hundreds of crores damaged in unprecedented floods in the state in September last year.