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Chenab washes away Baglihar bridge

July 03, 2005 15:31 IST

The surging waters of Chenab river washed away a 105-metre bridge at the Baglihar hydro-power project site and submerged two villages in Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.

A red alert has been issued by the administration as the mighty river was flowing two to three degrees below the danger
mark in Pul-Doda, Ramban and Akhnoor belts of the division.

However, no loss of life has been reported so far.

The swirling waters washed away a 105-metre steel bridge at the 450 MW Baglihar project site at Chanderkote in Doda district last night, the sources told PTI.

The strong water currents of Chenab damaged flood protection walls at eight places in the low lying areas of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district, they said.

Two villages have also been submerged in Ramban area of Doda district and communition to several villages, they said.

The rising waters, due to melting of snow in higher reaches, had weakened the pillars of the bridge used to transport construction material to the project site, the sources said.

In Ramban, two villages -- Pujara and Sikhi -- were partially submerged.

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