Officials claimed a cloudburst in a rural area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar region early today morning killed seven people and left at least 20 others missing. After heavy rain and cloudburst in Chenab Valley’s mountainous region, flash floods carried away several structures, including eight houses.
Seventeen people were hurt and were rescued. Officials added that rescue teams had been dispatched to Honzar village in the Dacchan tehsil. Two ladies are among the five people who have died.
Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, spoke with Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, and Dilbagh Singh, the state’s police head. The air force has been contacted to lift the injured, according to Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh.
The rescue operation is being hampered by bad weather, according to VK Singh, a top official of the Home Guard, Civil Defence, and State Disaster Response Force. “The village is a three hour journey on foot from the last road connectivity,” he said.
For the past few days, heavy rain has been falling in most parts of the Jammu region. With more rain expected until the end of the month, authorities in Kishtwar have urged residents living near water bodies and slide-prone areas to be cautious. Due to the heavy rain, the water level in the Chenab river has risen.
“The meteorological department has predicted heavy rains during the upcoming days and water levels in rivers and nallas (streams) are expected to rise, which can pose a threat to the inhabitants residing near rivers, nallas, water bodies and slide-prone areas,” the district administration said in a late Tuesday night advisory.