Six people died, five were injured and 30 to 40 went missing on Wednesday when a cloudburst hit Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.
Shafqat Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kishtwar told reporters that six bodies have been recovered while five were rescued in an injured condition after flash floods were triggered by a cloudburst that hit Honzan village in the Dachan area of Kishtwar district.
“The injured have been shifted to hospital. 30 to 40 people are still missing. Rescue teams have to cover 25 km of motorable road and 15 km of the trek to reach the place.
“Local police, army, and disaster relief force are engaged in the rescue operation. It is raining heavily in the area which is hampering the rescue operation”, the SSP said.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department issued a severe weather alert for Jammu and Kashmir forecasting widespread heavy rain that can cause flash floods, landslides, and also waterlogging in low-lying areas.
Sonam Lotus, director of the IMD in Srinagar said, “At present, it is cloudy at most places of J&K with thunderstorms and rain at some places of Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, and neighbourhood.
“Widespread intermittent rain most likely to continue till 30th. Heavy to very heavy rain is also possible in some places.
“This may lead to flash floods, Mudslide, Landslide and waterlogging in low lying areas.
“Accordingly, people are once again advised to remain alert and very cautious as water levels have risen in all rivers. Don’t venture out on hilly and landslides, Mudslide prone areas”.