2 killed, 2 go missing as cab falls into stream; schools shut.
Most low-lying areas in Srinagar city including Bemina, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh, Batmaloo and others have been facing serious water-logging problems and residents complained the accumulated rain water had started entering their homes in these areas.
Scores of houses also suffered damages due to incessant rains. Officials said that while three soldiers were rescued, the fate of their two colleagues is not known.
"The habitation along the embankments of River Jhelum and in low lying areas of Central Kashmir are advised to remain vigilant", an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department said.
A flood alert was issued for south and central Kashmir on Thursday after the Jhelum and its tributaries crossed the 18-feet mark at Sangam in Anantnag district, the Kashmir Reader reported.
The incessant rains and snowfall led to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world.
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The cherry, almond and pear crops are also faced with a serious threat.
Mercury hovered above 40 degrees Celsius in at least eight places, mostly in western parts of the state, while the coastal areas witnessed overcast conditions.
The 2014 floods had caused widespread destruction in the Valley leading to the death of more than 300 persons in the deluge that struck in the month of September.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has established emergency help lines across the valley following the rise in water level in Jhelum River at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh.
Specially trained and equipped avalanche rescue teams have been deployed for the operations in the area.
"At present, an easterly wind is blowing that brings humidity and hence temperature will not be very high", a MeT department official said. They along with some others were on way to Pattan township to participate in an Army recruitment rally, the police officials said. A woman and a minor girl have died of rains in Jammu and Kashmir. Scores of families were shifted to safer locals in Sopore area of Baramulla and in Kupwara district, a police spokesman here said. The Chief Minister issued orders to form unified control rooms at the district levels and asked the Divisional Commissioner to monitor the functioning of these control rooms and coordinate the rescue efforts in these districts. She also directed chalking out contingency plans for flood-prone areas and make available nearby buildings in case of emergency evacuations.