Published on : Monday, August 2, 2021
More than dozens missing and seven dead after cloudburst triggers flash flood in Indian state Jammu and Kashmir.
Seven people have died and at least 30 are missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods in India’s northernmost Jammu and Kashmir state.
The cloudburst occurred near the remote Honjar village in the state’s Kishtwar district on Wednesday at 4am local time, according to an official. The officials said they rescued 17 people, of whom five are critically injured.
The floods have led to the destruction of property and infrastructure as well as loss of life. At least eight homes have been destroyed and several bridges in the area were washed away. There is thought to be a risk of further flooding as the water level of a nearby river has increased because of the floods.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was aware of the cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir and that assistance was being made available to those in affected areas, though he did not provide details.
The rescue work is being conducted in Kishtwar with the help of Indian Air Force helicopters and personnel from the Indian army, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
In yet another cloudburst incident, around seven people went missing, while eight died in the northern Himachal Pradesh state, reported news agency Press Trust of India. Four people died in the state’s Kullu district, while three died in Lahaul-Spiti and one died in Chamba.
This comes as the state is still reeling after the devastation caused by a major landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Sangla Valley, where a bridge collapsed after being hit by giant, rolling boulders. Nine people died from the incident, while a dozen more were injured.