Flash floods, cloudburst wreak havoc in Kupwara’s Tanghdar area


Flash floods triggered by multiple cloudbursts on Monday night and Tuesday in north Kashmir’s Tanghdar area caused an extensive damage to a local power project and washed away a bahak (makeshift house). However, the number of people putting up there has not been yet confirmed by officials.

Flash floods damaged several houses in Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
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Besides damaging several houses, the flash floods washed away two army tankers and oil barrels in the frontier area. Reports said that 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. 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 on Monday night, while paddy fields in most of the Tanghdar villages were also damaged.

Soon after the incident, a rescue operation was immediately launched by police, army and district administration to rescue people trapped in these areas to safer places.

Local reports said that over a dozen persons suffered injuries and have been hospitalized. However, so far there was no official confirmation with regard to the injury or any human loss.

Meanwhile, in view of cloudburst at Shamswari ridge in the district Kupwara, Secretary Disaster Management, Farooq Ahmed Shah directed District Administration Kupwara to ensure the safety of the local population and if necessary.

Accordingly, District Commissioner Kupwara has issued an alert and directed SDM Karnah, Police, SDRF, and Volunteers to provide necessary help to the affected people. Army has also been asked to provide support to the civil administration. (GNS)

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