Nine from Bangalore stranded in flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir

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Nine persons from Bangalore were stranded at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir where there has been a downpour in the last few days.

Speaking to The Hindu on Sunday, Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said the State government had asked officials at the Karnataka Bhavan, New Delhi, to get information of the people stranded in rain in Srinagar.

Gaurav Gupta, Revenue Secretary, said nine persons were stranded in a hotel at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar owing to floods. Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir had been urged to rescue the people stranded in the hotel. No details of stranded persons were available.



“We have not been able to contact the stranded persons since their cellphones were found switched off. However, the government will continue its efforts to rescue the people,” Mr. Gupta said.

It is learnt that people from the Krishnamurthy family, residents of Chikkalsandra in Bangalore, had gone to Jammu and Kashmir on tour. The ground floor of the hotel they were staying had been flooded.

Another three-member family from Bangalore was also found stranded in Srinagar owing to heavy rains. An 84-year-old H.R.R. Prasad and two other members had gone on a north India tour four days ago. “I have not been able to contact my family members since Saturday,” said Arjun Prasad, relative of Mr. Prasad.

Heavy rains washed away roads, triggered landslides, submerged highways and disrupted even inter-district communication in Jammu and Kashmir.

The situation in Srinagar was grim following incessant rain for a week and several parts of the city were flooded, resulting in deaths and devastation in several areas.

Details sought
The State government has appealed to the family of those stranded in Jammu and Kashmir to report details to the State Disaster Management Control Room, following which the government would make all efforts to their rescue.
(The Hindu)

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