Heavy Rainfall hits kashmir again!

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Intermittent power cuts, landslides and water logging were witnessed in different parts of Kashmir Valley on Sunday as heavy rains lashed the region, bringing back the dreadful memories of last year’s devastating floods in the state that killed nearly 300 people.

The Met department has said that the wet spell will continue till next week. According to BP Yadav, director of Met department, the rains will continue to lash the state for the next 6 days, with forecast of heavy rainfall on Monday.

Reports said many buildings were damaged in different parts of the valley due to landslides triggered by heavy rains. And people were evacuated from the affected areas.

The downpour has also inundated the low-lying areas of Srinagar and cut off electricity. The situation has created panic in some areas and raised fears of fresh floods in the Valley.

The authorities however have tried to dispel the fears, saying there was no reason to worry.

Minister of State for Flood and Irrigation Abdul Majid Paddar said the “Situation is under control. We are prepared for everything.”

He said that “the chief minister and the cabinet minister have taken cognizance of situation and we are prepared for every situation.”

Expressing concern over the situation in Srinagar, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “The poor residents of Srinagar must be absolutely terrified. Time for the authorities to reassure them.”

“From all the info I’ve been able to gather we are still a few feet below the danger mark but people are scared & rumours flying,” he said in his tweet.

He called on Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to use the radio to “address the people and reassure them of the factual position & dispel rumours”.

In September last year, more than 270 people were killed in Kashmir in a devastating floods caused by torrential rain. Several districts were inundated in the flood.

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