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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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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Plight of Kashmiri Pandits continues: Community members. Flickr

Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Kashmiri Hindus protest renaming of Shankaracharya Hill. Flickr

Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)

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