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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Within a span of less than seven months, Kashmir is flooded again due to incessant rains and over flooding of Jhelum.

State authorities on Monday declared flood in the Kashmir Valley and asked people living close to the banks of the Jhelum river to move to safer places.

“Flood level was 22.8 feet (status red) at Sangam (Anantnag), 19 feet (status red) at Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar) and 11.55 feet (status green) at Ashim (Bandipora) today (Monday) morning,” officials handling the situation said.

“Centre is in touch with the state government of Jammu & Kashmir and closely monitoring the situation of increasing water levels in Jhelum River at Srinagar. No breach of embankment has been reported,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement

However, as a precautionary measure, to assist the state government authorities, two teams of NDRF have been deputed and another four teams kept stand-by, MHA said.

“All officials connected directly and indirectly with flood control operation have been ordered to report for duty and remain available at their places of posting,” a top divisional administration official told to a news agency.

“People living along the banks of Jhelum are advised to exercise extreme caution. Moving to safer places from vulnerable areas is advised,”  quoted IANS.

People living in flood-prone areas of Srinagar city, have already started migrating to safer places since Sunday evening.

The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway has also been closed since Saturday. Authorities in Jammu said the highway would remain closed today (Monday) as well.

An avalanche warning was also sounded in the higher reaches of the seven districts in the state.

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Dalai Lama Makes Donation to Help Flood-Stricken Kerela

"I offer my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all affected by the flooding," said the Tibetan spiritual leader.

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and made a donation towards relief and rescue efforts.

“I am writing to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property,” the letter said, “as well as the hardship caused to so many people due to unprecedented flooding in parts of your state.

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala. REUTERS
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala. REUTERS

“I appreciate that every effort is being made to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway. As a mark of my solidarity with the people of Kerala, I am making a donation from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama towards relief and rescue efforts,” it said.

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“I offer my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all affected by the flooding,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader. (IANS)

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