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J&K: Water level in Jhelum river recedes, no rain since Monday night

Mar 31, 2015 10:17 PM IST India India

Srinagar: As there has been no rainfall on Monday night in Jammu and Kashmir, the water levels of the Jhelum river are receding below the danger mark.

But with the Met Department warning of heavy rainfall from April 1 to 3, the water level of Jhelum river may cross the danger mark again.

Met Director BP Yadav said, "Light rainfall is expected across Jammu and Kashmir today. Heavy rainfall expected to take place in the state soon. Heavy rainfall expected from April 1 to 3."

The administration is taking no chances and two teams of NDRF personnel are already in the valley and 6 more teams are being sent. The Jammu-Srinagar Highway remains closed for a third day due to landslides.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who was sent an on observer to the state has submitted a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

There was high drama in the state Assembly over the floods. According to the government, 18 people have died due to landslides so far.

Meanwhile, armed forces have launched a rescue operation by deploying 20 columns in the state and have kept helicopters on the standby. "The Army has placed 20 flood relief columns ready to react and deploy at short notice", Public Relation Officer (PRO), Defence (Northern Command), Col SD Goswami said. One Army column consists of 75 to 100 troops.

In addition, various flood relief stores have been setup and equipment keot ready along with 30 BAUTS (Boat Assault Universal Type) for deployment at short notice, he said.

Promising all help, the Central government has granted Rs 200 crore as immediate relief.

Flood water entered several low-lying areas of Kashmir, including capital Srinagar, leading to panic among the locals for whom memories of the devastating deluge only seven months back are fresh in mind.

Over 280 people had died and tens of thousands left homeless and property worth hundreds of crores damaged in unprecedented floods in the state in September last year.