While Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed, at least 17 people were airlifted in Poonch district as heavy rains lashed the entire Jammu province on Thursday.
“Traffic was stopped after landslides at Panthyal in Ramban district. At some stretches along the highway, instances of shooting stones were also reported,” said a traffic police official.
Due to heavy rainfall, fresh landslides and shooting stones were also reported from Ramsoo and Gangroo areas.
In Poonch district, 40 people were trapped due to flashfloods in Suran river at two different places.
“17 of them were airlifted by late Thursday evening. Another four people are still trapped at Sanai villate in Surankote,” a report said.
The local authorities said despite many attempts, the rest of people couldn’t be airlifted.
They earlier pressed teams of army and State Disaster Response Force to rescue the stranded people and it was after many unsuccessful attempts that they sent a requisition for their airlifting to the IAF.
In Mahore area of district Reasi, 40 livestock of Abdur Rehman of Shandi Balmatkote died due to house collapse.
Buildings of middle school Gamgali, High School Nihoch, primary schools Ranglai and Shadole Dadni were heavily damaged, reports said.
Mahore-Jammu, Gool Gulabgarh-Rajouri roads were closed due to landslides while
Batote-Doda-Kishtwar and Doda-Bhaderwah roads also remained closed .
Traffic authorities said due to landslides at Dhansal, Doda-Batote road was blocked. Road connecting Bhadarwah to Pul Doda was blocked due to sliding at Bhalla.
In Kishtwar district, the schools were closed by the authorities.