In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, at least four persons were killed while 30 to 40 people are believed to be missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods in Honzar locality of Dacchan area in Kishtwar district early morning today. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the flash floods triggered by cloudburst hit residential area, in which 30 to 40 people went missing.
The bodies of four people have been recovered even as heavy rains have been hindering search operation to trace out missing people. Shafqat Hussain, SSP Kishtwar said that as per the witnesses residing there, 30 to 40 people were believed to be missing after the cloudburst triggered flash floods in the area. However, the exact number of missing people is not known as the situation is very grim in the area. The teams of Police, Army and SDRF have reached the area and rescue operation was going on.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha and DG Police Dilbagh Singh regarding the cloudburst. Shah said that the priority at this time is to save as many lives as possible adding NDRF team is also reaching there to assist in rescue operations. Union Minister of State Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh said that he spoke to DM Kishtwar Ashok Sharma and assured that Air Force authorities have been contacted for lifting the injured as and when required.
He further said that the rescue operations are going on with help of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the Army. District Magistrate, Kishtwar Ashok Kumar said, four bodies have been recovered from the debris and 8-9 houses have been damaged following cloudburst. Worth to mention, the meteorological department has predicted heavy rains during the upcoming days and water levels in rivers and nallas are expected to rise, which can pose a threat to the inhabitants residing near by areas. More details are awaited. Most parts of Jammu region have been receiving heavy rain for the past few days.