Nearly 50 people are feared dead in house collapse triggered by landslides in a remote village at Panjer under the Panchari area of Udhampur district on Sunday.
In another incident six persons were killed in house collapse in Muttal area of Udhampur district.
According to local sarpanch Romesh Kumar of Panjer, 50 persons are feared dead as more than 30 houses collapsed due to massive landslides in the remote belt of Panchari area on Sunday.
As per police reports, seven bodies have been recovered so far and search is on to trace the other missing persons. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police have been airlifted to the area to undertake the rescue operation, but due to absence of helipad, the chopper could not land till late on Sunday afternoon. All efforts are being made to airdrop the NDRF team in the village, so that speedy rescue operation could be started soon.
In another incident of house collapse, six persons of a family, including four children died at Muttal village in Udhampur district. The deceased were identified as Walima Begum (80), wife of Mohmed Din, Jaluka Begum (35), wife of Roshin Din and his three children, Parveena , Wahida and Adil.
According to district administration, 21 people have lost their lives in flash floods and house collapses in Udhampur district so far.
Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations were undertaken by the Air Defence Brigade located at the Dhar Road in Sattani and Talpad villages of Udhampur district.
Relief columns were dispatched to two villages wherein a large number of villagers were in a precarious situation due to heavy rains. The Sattani village was completely submerged in water and the people were at the risk of being washed away. The army rescued more than 200 people, including women, children and senior citizens.