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Pakistan: Baglihar bridge washed away

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By Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI, July 3: Surging waters of River Chenab washed away a 105-metre bridge at the disputed Baglihar hydro-power project site and submerged two villages in Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir, Press trust of India said, quoting official sources in Srinagar.

It said that a red alert had been issued by the administration as the mighty river was flowing two to three degrees below the danger mark in Pul-Doda, Ramban and Akhnoor belts of the division.

The swirling waters washed away a 105-metre steel bridge at the 450 megawatt Baglihar project site in Chanderkote in Doda district on Saturday night, sources told PTI.

The strong water currents of Chenab damaged flood protection walls at eight places in the low lying areas of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district, they added.

Two villages had also been submerged in the Ramban area of Doda district, they said.

Baglihar project has been a disputed issue as Pakistan has said that it was being constructed in violation of the water accord of 1960.

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