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5 dead in the J&K valley amid heavy rainfall & snowfall as Oct 24

Heavy rainfall and snowfall is witnessed in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir since October 22. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department had issued heavy rainfall and snowfall alert in Jammu and Kashmir for October 23 and 24. The weather is likely to change again in the next 24 hours. The downpour has triggered flood-like situation in many areas. Whereas many incidents came forward in this situation. Three people died whereas one person was injured due to a mudslide at Noorpora in the Tral area of Pulwama district Meanwhile two people died and the other two were rescued from Sinthan Pass in Anantnag on October 24. The death toll in the valley has increased to five as on October 24.

The damages in the state includes harm to the standing paddy crops in Jammu, Samba, Udhampur, waterlogging issue is also reported at many places in Jammu and Kashmir.

On the other hand, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed as heavy rainfall has triggered shooting stones and landslides at Ramban and Udhampur. A fresh landslide comprising boulders had hit the highway near Peera few kilometres short of Nashri tunnel on the night of October 23 which was cleared on the morning of October 24. After noticing the improvement in the weather on October 24 the highway authorities had pressed men and machinery into service to clear the landslides at Cafeteria Morh Ramban, Maroog and Peera on the crucial highway connecting Kashmir with multiple destinations. The traffic authorities had also allowed a one-way traffic for stranded vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after over 30 hours of closure due to landslides and shooting stones at several places on October 23.

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