SRINAGAR, India – Authorities in Kashmir have issued alerts and are asking people to move to higher ground after heavy rains flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.
Hundreds of people were evacuated as the Jhelum River rose to dangerous levels Monday in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Officials ordered people living along the banks of the river to move to relief camps set up in government buildings and schools.
Police said two houses partially sank into the ground in Budgam district and efforts were underway to rescue more than a dozen people trapped inside.
In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, authorities warned residents to move to safer places after the water level in the Neelum River rose following heavy rain Sunday.
More than 600 people died in Kashmir in flash floods in September.