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Rain, avalanche claim eight lives in Kashmir

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Ellis Copeland | 08 April, 2017, 01:12

New Delhi, Apr 7 Flood fears in Kashmir eased as water in Jhelum started to recede after rainfall stopped last night while higher reaches of the Valley received snowfall today, even as the mercury stayed within normal limits in parts of the northern plains.

The staff of flood control department is on alert and water levels of local rivers, lakes and streams is being continuously monitored. Relief came on Friday as the water level in Jhelum and other streams began receding. Three soldiers were buried alive under an avalanche in Batalik Sector of the Ladakh region but two soldiers were rescued.

"Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the Chief Minister and pledged support from the Centre to the Jammu and Kashmir Government in meeting the challenges of such an inclement weather", the spokesman said. In a tweet the Prime Minister said, centre will offere all possible support in dealing with the flood situation in the valley. However, the water levels at both the gauges continue to flow above the danger mark.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation and offered all the help needed.

Besides saving around two hours of travel time, the state of art tunnel would also result in a daily saving of Rs 27 lakh in terms of fuel used by vehicles.

The authorities deployed helicopters to rescue people cut off by flash floods.

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Meanwhile, all schools and colleges in the valley have been closed till Monday.

The flood like situation has gripped panic among people across Kashmir as the water level continued to swell in river Jehlum and other tributaries. "There are reports that water has logged at several paces including Srinagar as well".

Police on April 06 claimed to have established emergency help lines across the Valley to meet any possible challenge and eventuality and emergency control rooms in all the districts of the valley to provide help to the people in need.

On the status of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the chief minister directed the IGP Traffic to supervise the reopening of the road at the earliest and prioritize the clearing of stranded passengers on the road.

However, the Met office said there would be overall improvement in weather from Friday.

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