At least seven people have been confirmed dead and 30 others are reported missing after a flash flood hit a remote village in a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.
The police officials said a cloud burst occurred in Honzar village in Dachhan tehsil of mountainous Kishtwar district at 4:30 am on Wednesday, triggering flash floods. However, the flash flood washed away many houses in the village. Twelve injured persons were rescued by the police team led by SHO at Honzar. The death toll is expected to rise.
An area with five to six houses has been completely washed away due to the cloudburst in which 30 to 40 people were washed away, so far we have recovered seven bodies whereas over 30 people continue to be missing, a senior police officer told CNN News18.
He said that the rescue and relief work has been already started and the teams from the Jammu and Kashmir police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the Army have already rushed to the spot, but the continuous rainfall has been badly hampering the rescue work. Army column has also reached the spot.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he has spoken to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General Of Police of Jammu and Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar. SDRF, Army, and local administration are carrying out the rescue operation. NDRF is also reaching there. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible, the home minister added.
However, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said he spoke to senior authorities and the Kishtwar district administration. Army and SDRF team working on war footing to rescue people and trace the missing persons. I am continuously monitoring the situation.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Central Government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.”
The Meteorological department has predicted more rains and warned of flash floods. At present, it’s cloudy at most places of Jammu and Kashmir with thunderstorms and rain at some places of Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, and neighborhood, a MeT official said, further adding that widespread intermittent rain is most likely to continue till July 30.
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