The state government has declared a high alert in all 10 districts of the Kashmir valley, seven districts in Jammu region, and the two districts of Kargil and Leh in Ladakh. At least two dozen residential areas in Srinagar have been inundated by flood waters, forcing residents to abandon their homes.
Officials said the worst damage has been caused in Anantnag, Kulgam and Baramulla districts. Dozens of bridges, government buildings and houses have been washed away by floods. The flood control department said the water level of the Jhelum river at Sangam in Anantnag district has crossed 30 feet -- seven feet above the danger mark, while the river was flowing four feet above the danger mark at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar. The Chenab river and all its tributaries in Jammu region were also flowing above the danger mark as heavy downpour continued for the third consecutive day.
The Srinagar-Jammu and the Srinagar-Leh national highways have been closed for traffic because of landslides and flash floods at a number of places. Haj flights from the state to Saudi Arabia have been cancelled for three days due to the floods. All educational institutions have been closed till Sept 8. The University of Kashmir has also postponed all examinations till Sept 8.