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Flood alert sounded in Kashmir Valley; fresh snowfall cuts Ladakh from rest of the state

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With the Jhelum crossing its danger mark, a flood alert has been sounded in the Valley.

Many areas in south and north Kashmir districts of Anantnag and Baramulla have already been inundated by waters seeping through river and stream embankments or through small breaches in these areas.

According to an official from the flood control department, the water level of Jhelum river recorded at Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar city at 8 a.m. on Tuesday was 19.10 feet, which is above the danger mark. At Sangam in Anantnag district, the water level stood at 20.8 feet which is also close to the danger mark.

The official also said that a flood alert has been sounded as the water level in the Jhelum river is still rising at many places.

During the last two days, Kargil town in Ladakh region has received fresh snowfall, resulting in closure of all traffic into the town.

The fresh snowfall in Kargil and on the Zojilla Pass that connects the Ladakh region with the rest of the state is likely to delay the opening of the Srinagar-Leh national highway this year.

The weather department has forecast dry weather across Jammu and Kashmir from Tuesday onwards, though it said there could be isolated light to moderate rainfall at some places till Wednesday.

Last year in September, Kashmir witnessed unprecedented floods because of silting of river beds and streams, even a day’s downpour has been resulting in an alarming rise of water levels this year.

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Pakistan Rejects Any Link to Kashmir Terror Attack

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of "grave concern".

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of "grave concern" and it had been condemning "heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley". Pixabay

Pakistan has denied any involvement in the suicide attack that claimed the lives of 45 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”.

“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations,” said the statement.

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The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama district. Wikimedia

The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama district. It was the worst ever attack on security forces on any single day since a separatist campaign broke out in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.

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India said the JeM was led by “international terrorist” Masood Azhar, who had been given full freedom by Islamabad to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity. (IANS)