After Srinagar, flood declared in south Kashmir

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for safety after landslides

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for safety after landslides

"We have advised people living on banks of river Jehlum/nallahs and in low lying areas of Central Kashmir to remain vigilant", he said adding staff deployed on flood duty in Central Kashmir has been directed to report to their respective beats.

In view of inclement rains and snowfall, Jammu and Kashmir police has established emergency help lines across the valley.

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

The rains that are continuing from past three days have pushed water level up in the rivers and streams.

He said the people got trapped due to increase in the water level in Khursi Nallah.

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Former chief minister of state Omar Abdullah took social site and wrote, "1st week of April & the day starts with Srinagar under a blanket of white snow/sleet".

Many residential areas of Srinagar were inundated and several busy roads were waterlogged across the capital, leading to traffic snarls.

In Srinagar, officials declared flood after the Jhelum's water level crossed 18 feet in Ram Munshibagh area in the evening.

Police have set up 24-hour emergency helplines in all districts of the valley and are on high alert, ANI reported.

Three persons sustained injured after a poplar tree fell on their vehicle at Sangrama on Srinagar-Baramulla highway in north Kashmir.

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Authorities have closed down all schools in the Valley till Sunday in view of the rain and snowfall at this time of the year. She also directed chalking out contingency plans for flood-prone areas and make available nearby buildings in case of emergency evacuations.

Sonam Lotus, the director of the meteorological department, however, ruled out floods of the magnitude seen in 2014. Due to such inclement weather, the Kashmir University has postponed all examinations that were scheduled to be held on January 16 and 17.

A flood advisory was issued in south and central Kashmir after rise in the water level of the Jhelum river and its tributaries, while incessant rains have forced closure of the arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

He also said there is possibility of scattered to widespread rains or thundershowers over the state till April 8.

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