In view of the critical flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir, as a precautionary measure, all schools in the Kashmir division will remain closed today, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner told news agency ANI. Amarnath Yatra has also been suspended from the Pahalgam route due to multiple landslides triggered by heavy rains and bad weather. This comes a day after the yatra was also suspended from the Baltal route because of similar weather conditions. A flood alert has also been sounded after the Jhelum River flowed above the critical 21-feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.
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Heavy rains in Banihal-Udhampur sector had also triggered landslides and shooting of stones at four places at Panthal, Nedgard, Digdol and Samroli yesterday morning, blocking the highway, the officials said.
On Friday, a landslide at Gangroo near Ramsu along the 260-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway – the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, left hundreds of vehicles, including the convoy carrying Amarnath pilgrims, stranded. The Amarnath pilgrims had reached Makarkoot when the landslide struck.
Owing to bad weather conditions and flood alert, the yatra was stopped as a precautionary measure. The pilgrims were housed in a big hall at Trikri base camp and were also served food.
Authorities had yesterday sounded a flood alert as the Jhelum river flowed above the critical 21 feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district due to heavy rains over the past two days.