Militants kill 2 security men in flood-hit Kashmir

Weather conditions ease and rivers rise marginally in Jammu and Kashmir

GN Bureau | April 2, 2015


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As Kashmir recovers from another wave of floods and deaths with the help of Indian army jawans, militants killed two security personnel in Tangmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Thursday.

Acting on a tip off about the presence of militants in Kunzer village, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area. A gun battle broke out when militants opened firing on the security forces.

One policeman was killed in the encounter while an army jawan who was injured also succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, the official said, adding, a civilian has been injured.

Meanwhile, the flood threat in Kashmir eased on Thursday as overnight rainfall, which had led to slight rise in water level of River Jhelum, stopped.

Water level of the Jhelum river was 12 feet at Sangam (Anantnag). It was 15.15 feet at Ram Munshibagh (Srinagar) and 11 feet at Asham (Bandipora). At all these places, the river is flowing below the danger mark

Earlier, rainfall had resulted in an increase in the water level of Jhelum but there was no immediate threat of floods, official sources said.

The weather has improved since Wednesday night and if it holds like this, the worst phase might be over. Even as the weather has improved, authorities here are taking no chances and they have put in place measures to deal with any eventuality.

Pertinently, heavy rainfall since Saturday has resulted in death of 16 persons in Chadoora area of Budgam district. Dozens of structures also suffered complete or partial damage due to land sinking.

Teams of state disaster response force (SDRF) and national disaster response force (NDRF) maintained vigil at vulnerable places along the river banks and also plugged some minor breaches those occurred during the night.

More than 2500 people from different flood prone areas have been shifted to safer places as a precautionary measure during the last 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir.

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