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Multiple cloudbursts strike Kashmir, two dead, several missing

india Updated: Jul 17, 2015 22:56 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
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Rescue efforts continue after a cloudburst struck the Srinagar-Leh road in Sonamarg area of Kashmir on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Multiple cloudbursts wreaked havoc in the mountainous region of north, central and south Kashmir, leaving two people dead, including a teenage girl, and several missing on Thursday late evening.

Preliminary reports suggest a major cloudburst struck the Sonamarg area of Kangan district, also one of the routes to Amarnath Yatra, apart from Kulland and Gagangir areas on Thursday evening.

Locals said two people, including a 15-year-old, died while two others were missing in Kangan district, more than 90km north of Srinagar.

But there is no official confirmation of the dead and missing so far.

At least two residential houses were damaged and five vehicles washed away in a tributary of Sindh river. Several areas of Kangan town and Srinagar's Anantnag's Haapat Naar area were submerged under water while Kashmir's Budgam region was also hit badly.

However, "There is no loss of life. Rescue teams has been sent in the area," said Anantnag deputy commissioner Bashir Ahmad Khan.

Army personnel were posted till late evening on Thursday for rescue and search efforts.

Meanwhile, the state government has cancelled Eid holidays of employees for essential service in the wake of reports of inclement for the next 24 hours, especially in south Kashmir's Shopian and Kulgam districts.

According to the meteorological department, weather may remain the same for next two days in Kashmir valley.

Five people were killed recently in a cloudburst in Pahalgam's Aru area. Kashmir has been witnessing frequent cloudbursts post September 2014 floods, also triggered by multiple cloudbursts.