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J&K: Water levels of Jhelum receding, no rain since Monday night

Mar 31, 2015 08:41 AM IST India India

Srinagar: In some respite for Jammu and Kashmir, there has been no rainfall though the night due to which the water levels of the Jhelum river are receding. Water levels at Sangam have come down from 22.5ft to 21ft and at RM Bagh, the levels have have come down from 19.7ft to 19.5ft.

However, the state is on high alert. More NDRF teams are being despatched to J&K and the Army is also on standby as the Met department has predicted more rains in the coming days. The Central and state governments have said that they are better prepared to deal with the flood than the last time.

Evacuations are underway from the low lying areas as weather forecasters have predicted further downpours in the region. More than 320 families have been moved to safer places in Kashmir valley

Incessant rains over the past 36 hours in Kashmir have caused landslides at many places. A hillside collapsed onto a house in Ledhan village, about 40 km from Srinagar on Monday. A massive rescue operation was launched to locate the 17 missing people. More than 200 structures including 176 houses have developed cracks due to land sinking in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

Promising all help, the central government granted Rs 200 crore as immediate relief as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and coordinate with state authorities with regard to the requirements.

While making the announcement about Centre's grant, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed said in the Assembly that the state government has sanctioned Rs 25 crore for Kashmir and Rs 10 crore for Jammu region which also has been affected by flood.

Jammu and Kashmir was hit by devastating floods just seven months ago in September 2014. Over 300 people had died and tens of thousands left homeless and property worth hundreds of crores damaged in unprecedented floods in the state in 2014.

India is experiencing extreme rainfall events as the global climate warms, a study of 50 years of data by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology concluded. March 2015 has been the wettest month in more than a century, wrecking millions of hectares of winter crops. The crop damage has been blamed for a spate of farmer suicides in recent weeks.