Kashmir Floods: Landslide Buries 15 People Alive As Incessant Downpour Triggers Panic

30/03/2015 1:59 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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SRINAGAR, INDIA - MARCH 29: Shopkeepers shift merchandise to safer places in wake of accumulation of water in the streets and market places during rain on March 29, 2015 in Srinagar, India. Intermittent rainfall across Kashmir raised water level of streams and rivers, triggering panic among resident of floods. The valley has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Saturday, leading to a sudden surge in water level in rivers, streams and rivulets. The Met Department has predicted more rain over the next six days with heavy rain expected today and on April 3. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Floods continue to wreck havoc in Kashmir. According to an AFP report, the death toll in the valley has reached 15, and about 237 families evacuated, as of now.

India is experiencing more extreme rainfall events as the global climate warms, a study of 50 years of data by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, reports Reuters.

This year, March has been the wettest month in more than a century, wrecking millions of hectares of winter crops, reports Reuters. The crop damage has been blamed for a spate of rural suicides in recent weeks.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said they are closely monitoring the increasing water levels in the river Jhelum. Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deputed to assist the state government authorities.

In September, the Kashmir valley suffered the worst flooding in more than a century, killing more than 200 people and displacing almost a million for weeks. The government has established relief camps for those forced to flee.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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