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Rain kick starts commotion in Valley parts

Rain kick starts commotion in Valley parts
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Force closure of Mughal, Doda-Kishtwar highway

Srinagar: Heavy rainfall in most parts of Kashmir on Thursday brought respite to the valley residents from two weeks of hot and humid weather, even as the downpour affected normal life in Srinagar leading to water logging in many city roads.
The rain which started as a drizzle around 7.45 am turned into a downpour as the day progressed, leading to water logging in many areas of the city, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas, officials said.
They said water logging was also reported from posh Rajbagh and Jawahar Nagar areas of the city as well as low-lying areas such as Bemina and Mehjoor Nagar.
The district administration has pressed dewatering pumps into service to clear the roads, the officials said.
Heavy rainfall has also been reported from other parts of the valley, they added.
The Meteorological Department here has forecast more rainfall over the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Mughal Road and the Doda-Kishtwar highway were closed for traffic due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in Jammu region.
The landslide occurred at Poshana on the Mughal Road, which lead to the closure of the route. Several vehicles are stranded and efforts are being made to clear the blockade, they said.
The Mughal Road connects Poonch and Rajouri districts with Shopian of South Kashmir.
Torrential rainfall since early Thursday morning has created havoc in Doda and Kishtwar districts, while the highway between Doda and Kishtwar was closed due to landslides at several places, they said.
The highway was closed at Kandni and Premnagar due to massive landslides and mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall, the officials said.
Authorities started restoration work immediately after receiving information about landslides.
“Passengers and vehicles got stuck at several places as traffic was suspended after the highway got blocked by landslides,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Zohaib Hassan.
“The passengers and other travellers must contact the Traffic Control Units before leaving towards their respective destinations,” he informed.
The Srinagar-Leh Highway was also closed for traffic following reports of shooting stones and landslides hitting the highway at several spots.
Meanwhile, a 6-year-old boy drowned after he slipped into a Nallah amid heavy rains at Harden, Sever area of Khurhama in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reports said that the boy Burhan Ahmad Malla (6) son of Aijaz Ahamd Malla, of Sever, Harden in Khurhama, Lolab slipped into the nallah on Thursday afternoon during heavy rains.
Soon after the incident, the family and neighbours immediately removed him to a nearby by PHC where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.
A police officer also confirmed the death of the boy due to drowning.
Meanwhile, reports said that the torrential rains damaged several residential houses and standing crops in several parts of Lolab. (with inputs from PTI and GNS)


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