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Heavy rainfall forces J&K govt to declare flood alert in Kashmir Valley
Jammu and Kashmir state government has declared a flood situation in Kashmir on Monday as the River Jhelum has crossed the danger mark in Srinagar and Sangam due to heavy rainfall across the Kashmir valley. The Government has said that the administrative machinery is on high alert and is monitoring the situation.

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed due to a landslide on Sunday. The Srinagar-Gulmarg road was also closed as a bridge in Kunzar village was washed away. At Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar the water level is 18.55 which is slightly higher than the flood alert mark.

In Kashmir's Budgam district, at least eight people have died as two houses collapsed due to land sinking.

The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed monitored the situation on Sunday. The Government has advised the people living near the banks to Jhelum to shift to safer places. The power supply has been hit in many parts of the state capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a high level team to asses the situation in Kashmir valley. The team is headed by MoS for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The team will visit various flood-affected districts in both Kashmir and Jammu regions before leaving and will make a detailed report on the current situation.

While National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General OP Singh has said that four teams are ready to handle the situation, and has asked the people not to panic.

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah has advised the government to use the past experience to deal the current situation.

Earlier the floods which occurred in the month of September last year in Jammu and Kashmir had killed almost 270 people. That was the worst-ever flood which had wreaked havoc in several regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

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