Five bodies were recovered on Wednesday after some houses were swept away by flash flooding caused by a cloudburst in a remote village in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior official said.
More than 25 people have been reported missing in the cloudburst that hit the village of Honzar in Dacchan tehsil around 4:30 am, officials said, while a joint rescue operation by police, military and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is underway.
“The bodies of five people have so far been recovered by rescuers from the cloudburst-stricken village,” Kishtwar district development commissioner Ashok Kumar Sharma said.
He said a total of six homes were swept away by the flash flooding caused by the cloudburst and a search and rescue operation was underway when the latest reports were received.
Director-General of Police and Commander-General Home Guard, Civil Defense and SDRF, VK Singh, said two women were among the five people killed in the cloudburst, while more than 25 others are still missing.
“One of our SDRF teams from Kishtwar has reached the affected village and two more teams are on their way from Doda and Udhampur districts. Two more SDRF teams are waiting for better weather to fly from Jammu and Srinagar to the accident site and join the rescue mission,” said Singh.
He said six houses and a ration store were damaged by the cloudburst.
District Development Commissioner Kishtwar said two more cloudbursts hit the remote Lambard area last night, but there was no report of any loss of life.
“There is some damage to the infrastructure, but the exact details are awaited,” Sharma said.
He said 60 families from the Paddar area have been evacuated to safety due to the incessant rains threatening their homes.
In recent days, most parts of the Jammu region have experienced heavy rainfall. With more rain forecasting until the end of July, authorities in Kishtwar have already asked people living near water bodies and areas prone to water to remain vigilant.
“The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rainfall in the coming days and water levels in rivers and sewers are expected to rise, which could pose a threat to residents living near rivers, sewers, water bodies and areas prone to shifts. said the district administration. said in an opinion issued late Tuesday night.