SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government has declared a flood alert after water level continued to rise in the Jhelum River due to incessant rain over the last 24 hours.
People living on the banks of the river have been asked to leave their homes and move to safer places or camps that have been established in the valley, said a government spokesperson.
The government spokesman quoted a communication from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, which said, “Water levels of river Jhelum on 29-03-2015 at 2100 hrs at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) have touched 18'.4 feet and 16'.0 feet respectively.”
All the employees deployed for flood control duty have been asked to report to their duties immediately, the spokesperson said.
Jammu–Srinagar national highway has been closed due to landslides at some places. 100 NDRF personnel have been rushed to Srinagar.
According to the MeT department, heavy rainfall will continue for the next six days.
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(With PTI Inputs)