Cloudburst Kills 5, Many Missing

SRINAGAR: At least five persons were killed while several people are believed to be missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods in Honzar locality of Dacchan in Kishtwar on Wednesday.

Quoting an official the news agency KNO reported that the flash floods triggered by cloudburst hit residential area, in which several people went missing.

He said that the bodies of four people have been recovered even as heavy rains have been hindering search operation to trace out missing people. Within an hour later, one more was recovered. There are two women of the five bodies recovered so far.

SSP Kishtwar, Shafqat Hussain said that as per the witnesses residing there, several people were believed to be missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods in the area.

“The exact number of missing people is not known as the situation is very grim in the area,” he said.

He said that teams of Police, Army and SDRF have reached the area and a rescue operation was going on.

Reports reaching from the area said six houses and a ration store were swept away by the cloudburst. Around 25 persons are reported missing, right now. The tragedy took place around 4:30 am.

Officials in Srinagar said a SDRF team is being flown by IAF to the spot and two teas – one each from SDRF and NDRF are ready in Srinagar to be airlifted to speed up the rescue operation.



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