Heavy Rain Hits Normal Life In Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir weather: Heavy rain caused landslides and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir. Flood waters entered houses of people in several areas in Jammu.

Heavy Rain Hits Normal Life In Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu weather image: IAF chopper rescued a person stranded in flash floods on Wednesday

Jammu and Kashmir weather news: Incessant rain pounded Jammu and Kashmir since Monday causing landslides and flash floods. According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) weather forecast, there will be no immediate relief. The IMD on Wednesday said "intense rainfall activity" is expected over several parts of north India for the next four days. Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, eastern Uttar Pradesh, eastern Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are expected to get more rain till the weekend.

People residing along the river and in the higher reaches of Rajouri district have been advised to stay alert following heavy rain. "We have alerted people living especially in areas near Tawi river like Thana Mandi, Rajouri district, Nowshera and Manja Kot. If there is heavy rain in a specific area, we will inform them as the flow of the river may increase,"  senior police officer, Liaqat Choudhary told news agency ANI.. 

Fifteen people were rescued on Wednesday after they were caught in flash floods in Ujh river in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said. Timely action saved lives of many, including women and children, who were trapped in temporary shelters near the river in Rajbagh area, news agency Press Trust of India quoted a police official as saying. The district administration in Rajouri has asked people living in the low-lying areas and along the rivers, to be alert.   

Most parts of Jammu region have been battered by heavy rain since Tuesday leading to inundation of low-lying areas. Flood water entered homes of many people.

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Jammu: People throw out flood waters from their house after heavy rain on Wednesday

The Indian Air Force, in a swift action, rescued a civilian who was stranded on a marooned island in Rajouri yesterday, a defence spokesman said. "A message was received in the evening about an individual stranded on a marooned island south of Naushera. An IAF helicopter, captained by Squadron Leader Ganesh Prasad Honakuppe, was immediately pressed into service to rescue him," the spokesman said.

(Inputs from PTI & ANI)