The army on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday rescued 500 families caught in flash floods triggered by cloudburst and rains in the Rishi Canal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
An army spokesman said, five square kilometre area of Malangan village was threatened by flash floods in the canal.
“The Army unit deployed in the area immediately rushed to the area and rescued 400-500 families marooned,” said the spokesman.
The worst hit areas were Sheikhmuquam and Turkpura. The spokesman said the rescue efforts continued till late in the night.
Additional reinforcements were rushed in to provide assistance to the
operation. “Food packets, medicines and provisions are being provided to the locals,” said the spokesman.
Many survivors were shifted to a nearby raised ground where they will camp till water levels recedes in the area.