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Rescue operation continues after flash floods in 2 Jammu districts; 2 more bodies found, toll mounts to 10

The rescue operation to trace the 19 persons, who went missing in the flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in Honzar Dachhan area in Kishtwar district continued for the second straight day on Thursday.

Eight persons—seven in Kishtwar and one in Rajouri district, died on Wednesday in the flash floods, while 17 others were rescued.

However, 19 persons are still missing and rescue operation has been going on to trace them.

In Rajouri district, two more bodies have been recovered since last evening, taking the toll of deaths due to flash floods to 10 in twin districts of Jammu region, officials said.

“Two bodies have been recovered since last evening in Rajouri district. One body was recovered from flood water in Nowshera on Thursday afternoon while another was recovered in Kalakote area late last evening,” they said.

The death toll in Rajouri district has mounted to three since Wednesday. A non-local labourer from Chhattisgarh was washed away in flash floods on Wednesday.

Three persons, who were stuck in flooded river in Dhangri area of the district, were rescued by the Indian army on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the rescue operation continued for the second straight day in Kishtwar district where NDRF and SDRF teams have been called from Jammu, Udhampur and Srinagar districts.

Seven women are among those who are missing in Kishtwar district.

During the rescue operation in Kishtwar, three helicopters of IAF—one each from Jammu, Udhampur and Srinagar were utilized for airlifting SDRF and NDRF teams, officials said.

The helicopters flew a total of eight sorties, transferring relief load of 2250 Kgs, 44 NRDF and SDRF personnel, for medical assistants and evaluation of two stretcher patients from Sondar, they said.

They said that during the rescue operation, the missing persons couldn’t be traced, adding that the operation would continue on Friday as well.

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