The toll in the Jammu and Kashmir floods rose to 20 Thursday as incessant rain, which is likely to continue until Saturday as wreaked havoc in parts of the state.
An overcrowded bus carrying wedding guests was swept away Thursday by a flooded stream in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir and about 70 people were missing, a state official said.
Rescuers were searching for the bus but had not been able to locate it in the gushing waters, said Shantmanu, who uses only one name. The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET)
An alert has been issued in Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Baramulla, Shopian, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts.
Both the Srinagar-Jammu and the Srinagar-Leh national highways have been closed.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Srinagar, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag and Shopian districts of the Valley have also been closed on Thursday.
Scores of villages, especially in south Kashmir areas, have been inundated with flood waters as police assisted by the army shifted families to safer places.