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Jammu: Incessant rains trigger landslides on Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu: Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was halted on Thursday after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, forcing closure of the vital road that links the state to the rest of the country.

Many passengers had a narrow escape after rocks and stones fell from the mountain at many places along the highway.

No injury was, however, reported.

The landslides blocked the national highway at Peera, Gungroo, Panthal and Ramsoo areas of Ramban and Udhampur districts of Jammu region, a senior traffic department officer said.

Nearly 200 vehicles were stranded at various places en-route the highway due to closure of the road.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway, has deployed men and machinery to clear the road for vehicular traffic.

“Work on clearance of landslides on stretches of the national highway has started, but rains are making the task difficult and risky,” an officer of traffic police department said.

The 300-km long strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway is the only surface link of the landlocked Valley with the outside world and the road passes through extremely treacherous hilly terrain. (IANS)

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Prompt Evacuations in Southwestern Iran After Heavy Rains

Besides heavy rains, heavy damage from the floods has been blamed on widespread disregard for safety regulations in building and road constructions near rivers.

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A general view of the flooded city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, April 2, 2019. Officials have ordered mass evacuations in neighboring Khuzestan as extensive rainfall reaches the oil-rich southwestern province. VOA

Iranian authorities have ordered the evacuation of six more towns in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, which is widely inundated with floods, state TV reported Saturday.

Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, told state TV that rescue teams are taking residents to nearby shelters, including three army barracks.

Evacuation orders came as a new round of rain and floods is expected.

Shariati said emergency discharges from dams and reservoirs were adding to the high floodwaters, but such measures were essential to prevent the dams from overflowing or catastrophic breaches, with river waters continuing to rise upstream from the province.

Young men were asked to remain behind to help with rescue operations.

An Iranian woman walks through a flooded street in the city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, April 02, 2019.
An Iranian woman walks through a flooded street in the city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, April 02, 2019. VOA

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told state TV that about 400,000 people are at risk out of the province’s population of 5 million.

Eleven towns and scores of villages have been evacuated. There have been no evacuation orders for major cities, including the province’s capital of Ahvaz, which has 1.7 million residents.

There have been no reports of damage to the province’s petroleum facilities, which account for roughly 80 percent of Iran’s oil production.

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Authorities have put the number of dead at 70 people, as major flooding has hit the western half of the country, after years of drought.

Besides heavy rains, heavy damage from the floods has been blamed on widespread disregard for safety regulations in building and road constructions near rivers. (VOA)