Rajouri, 21 August: A flash flood has occurred in Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri  district on Sunday, after torrential rainfall resulted in the Darhali river overflowing in the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal mountain range.

Earlier on Saturday, the movement of pilgrims to Jammu’s Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine was temporarily stopped on Saturday due to flash floods caused by heavy rain in the area. The pilgrimage resumed on Sunday. The Vaishno Devi temple is in the Katra town of the Reasi district of Jammu & Kashmir.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said in a statement: “In the wake of heavy rainfall, upward movement of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi temple has been stopped from Katra. Priority is given to pilgrims coming downwards. Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have already been deployed. The situation is being monitored. No untoward incident reported so far.”