Flash floods: Another body recovered in Tangdhar, toll 2

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Srinagar

Body of one more person who died in flash floods triggered by cloudbursts in Tanghdar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was recovered on Wednesday.

Reports said that during the rescue operation launched by police, SDRF, army and district administration since Tuesday, one more body was found lying alongside the rice grinder machine on Wednesday. The person has apparently died of heart attack after seeing the floods that wreaked havoc in the region.

Station House Officer (SHO), Tanghdar Nissar Ahmad Bhat identified the deceased as Mangta Awan son of Mohammad Abdullah Awan of Gumul village.

“The rescue teams have also pressed bulldozer machines into service to clear the debris on the roads. The operation is underway,” SHO said.

This is the second death due to flash floods. On Tuesday late evening, a body was found in Tanghdar while clearing the debris on roads and nearby localities. The deceased was identified as Sheer Singh son of Sardar Singh of R S Pora Jammu. He was the driver of an oil tanker meant for army supply.

As reported earlier, multiple cloudbursts struck at Shamsbari Mountain amid the heavy rains in the region which triggered flash floods in several villages of Tanghdar at around 2:30 pm. The affected villages include Nachayian, Hajinad, Bagh Baila, Gumul, and Tanghdar.

During the flash floods, scores of shops, two army oil tanker vehicles along with many oil barrels were washed away.

A behak (makeshift house for summers) near the Shamsbari mountain was also washed away. However, it was not immediately ascertained whether there was any human loss or not.

The flash floods also entered the army camp, residential houses and in schools.

A canal of a local power project at Pingla Hari Dawal was also damaged in a separate incident due to flash floods followed by cloudbursts Monday night.

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