Srinagar: Seventeen people are feared dead due to house collapses and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities said on Monday.
A police officer told IANS here that a landslide triggered by incessant rain in Laden village of Budgam district buried two houses, trapping 16 people from two families.
Lal Hajam, head of a family buried in the house collapse, was away when the accident occurred, the officer said.
"We have not recovered any body from the debris," he added.
Reports in winter capital Jammu said a vehicle carrying bovines on way to Udhampur from Doda was caught in flash floods and a young man, Angrez Singh, was washed away.
Meanwhile, water has inundated the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Pampore town, 12 km from Srinagar.
Reports said water had breached the Jhelum river embankment at one place in Pampore town, inundating the highway.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and conveyed to him that relief materials are being air dashed to the flood-affected valley in the shortest possible time.
During the telephonic talk, the Chief Minister briefed the Home Minister about the prevailing flood situation in Kashmir valley and the steps being taken for rescue and providing relief to the affected people.
Singh assured full central assistance to tackle the flood situation and conveyed to Mufti that relief materials are being airlifted to the valley in shortest possible time to help the state government in rescue and relief operations, official sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always rushed Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for an on-the-spot assessment of the damage and assured the state of all assistance.
Seven months after the devastating floods, Kashmir valley is facing yet another flood following incessant rains with river Jhelum in spate at several places while 16 people were feared trapped after two houses collapsed in Budgam district.