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Sep 04, 2014 at 11:42am IST

J&K: Floods claim 12 lives, Jhelum flowing 4 feet above the danger mark

Srinagar: Floods in several districts across Jammu and Kashmir have claimed 12 lives so far. Many areas in Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama and Poonch districts are flooded. Schools in affected areas will stay shut on Thursday.

Five people were killed when a tree fell on a house on Wednesday. Authorities have sounded an alert in all areas close to the Chenab and Jhelum. The Jhelum river is reportedly flowing 4 feet above the danger mark in Srinagar.

Over 100 people were also rescued from flood-hit regions on Wednesday. "Six people are reported to have died, including a BSF officer in Jammu region in landslides and flash floods. Over 100 people have been rescued from floods," Divisional Commissioner, Jammu region, Shant Manu said.

Giving details of a collapse of a bunker in Poonch, Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma said that due to heavy rains, a landslide was triggered in Mandi Mandir area along LoC in Poonch and debris fell on the bunker in which a BSF Inspector was present along with some troops. The Inspector could not come out of the bunker and was buried, Sharma said, adding that his body was later recovered while some jawans escaped with some minor injuries. The officer was identified as Inspector Mohammad Rashid of 154 Battalion of BSF. SSP, Poonch, Shamsher Hussain said that apart from the death of the BSF inspector, two more people are feared dead in flash floods in Mandi belt of Poonch.

In Reasi district, five people including three children reportedly died after landslide hit them in far-flung Momankot belt of Reasi district, the Divisional Commissioner said. A team from Chasana belt has been rushed and will trek a distance of 55 km on foot to reach the spot, reports said. According to the Divisional Commissioner, a large number of houses and other buildings have been damaged in the flash floods, landslides and rains in Jammu region.

(With additional information from PTI)