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Heavy showers create havoc in Jammu; triggers flash floods, landslides

Jammu: Heavy rains created havoc in the plains and triggered landslides, flash floods in hilly parts of the region early Monday morning.

Rains lashed various parts of Jammu damaging roads and buildings in several areas.

The Police Control Room, Jammu, said that water entered many houses and government buildings while walls of some complexes also collapsed due to rain.

Police Post Gadigarh, in the outskirts, was inundated, while the boundary wall of City Police Station collapsed towards roadside blocking the road causing inconvenience to the passersby.

The water level in the river Tawi has also swelled owing to continuous downpour in the upper reaches.

City roads were waterlogged and the rain water inundated houses in low laying areas like Bhagwati Nagar, Talab Tillo, Jewel Chowk, Rajinder Nagar, Qasim Nagar, Vinayak Bazar, Dogra Chowk, Gandhi Nagar, Sainik Colony, Green Belt and many others.

Police spokesman said that no reports of any injury or major damage has been reported so far.

Jammu City recorded the highest ever rainfall of 150.6 mm in the last 24 hours since 1989 for the month of July.

Heavy downpours were witnessed in other parts of Jammu region. Katra and Samba received a whopping 76.6 mm and 119.0 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours.

Kathua, Batote, Bhaderwah and Banihal recorded 24.8 mm, 25.4 mm, 10.4 mm and 6.4 mm rainfall respectively.

The waterlogged Jammu-Pathankot national highway also remained shut at Samba.

Locals staged protest alleging that due to overflow of drains especially in monsoon season, the road gets blocked but the administration is not taking any notice to this grievance despite repeated reminders.

The weatherman has said that as expected, very heavy showers occurred at many places of Jammu plains whereas moderate shower reported at many places of Kashmir and Hilly areas of Jammu and continuously raining.

“Weather will remain overcast to Cloudy at most places of J&K,” he said.

He said that the shower may generate Flash Flood and Landslide in Hilly Area which may led to blockage of Road.

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