Hundreds flee as flood inundates Valley

flood srinagar jammu jhelum tawi  (19)Srinagar: Hundreds of people abandoned their homes and fled to safety as the flood situation worsened in the Kashmir Valley Friday.

The flood situation became serious with unprecedented heavy downpour continuing in the region for the fourth day Friday.

The administration here is finding it difficult to reach the inundated areas.

Reports from all the 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley indicate hundreds have abandoned their homes in inundated areas to shift to safer places.

Electric supply in most areas of south Kashmir districts remains suspended because of uprooted electric poles and apprehensions of accidents due to electric short circuits in water logged villages and towns.

Drinking water facilities in more than 500 water supply schemes have also been disabled because of water logging and electricity failures across the valley.

Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met Office, said that the weather would start improving from Friday afternoon.

However, heavy rain in the catchment areas of Jhelum river has so far submerged more than 100 villages in the south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and the north Kashmir districts of Ganderbal, Srinagar and Badgam.

In Srinagar district alone, over 70,000 residents in low-lying areas have been affected as flood waters have entered their homes and agricultural fields.

Flood control department officials said at three places in Srinagar district the floods waters are overflowing the river’s embankment.

“This is posing a serious threat to areas coming under the direct impact of this overflow,” said a senior engineer.

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