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Kashmir floods: Situation improves
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | September 04, 2006 14:48 IST
The situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where incessant rains over the past five days have caused flash floods, is showing signs of improvement.
Though several areas -- especially in south Kashmir -- are still submerged, the authorities say the worst is over.
There has been a break in the rainfall for over 17 hours now and this has come as a respite for the Valley.
The water level in the Jhelum River was still above the danger mark in south Kashmir. It is flowing two feet above the danger mark in Srinagar.
Official estimates indicate that over one lakh families have been hit by the overflowing rivers and roaring mountain streams that washed away homes and standing crops.
A massive relief and rescue is now on even as the army and air force continue to be on standby to assist the administration.
All educational institutions across the state have been closed for two days. A senior state officer said that people from marooned areas were being shifted to school buildings till situation improves.