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Kishtwar cloudburst: Rescue teams search for survivors

The village was hit by a flash flood following a cloudburst early Wednesday. Till Wednesday evening, seven bodies were recovered and 17 injured persons were rescued from the debris
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2021 09:07 AM IST
Army personnel during a rescue operation after flash floods due to a cloudburst at Honjar in Kishtwar district. (PTI)

Rescue teams started trawling through muddy debris in Honjar village of Kishtwar district on Thursday morning in search of survivors.

The village was hit by a flash flood following a cloudburst early Wednesday.

Till Wednesday evening, seven bodies were recovered and 17 injured persons were rescued from the debris.

“Rescue teams have started searching for survivors but chances look grim. So far, we have recovered seven bodies and rescued 17 persons,” said a police officer at the Kishtwar police control room.

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Rescuers believe that 26 persons are still missing.

However, the rains have subsided in Jammu region since Wednesday evening .

The government of Jammu and Kashmir has announced an ex-gratia of 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic cloudburst in Kishtwar.

The government will provide the grievously injured with 50,000 each. The State Disaster Response Fund will also disburse 12,700 each to the injured.

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Six of the 17 injured have been hospitalised in the district hospital of Kishtwar

Additional director general of police Mukesh Singh, who reached Kishtwar district Wednesday night, visited the district hospital in Kishtwar and met the injured persons.

Singh also advised all district SSPs of Jammu zone to provide aassistance in their respective districts to the people affected by incessant rain.

“The jawans and officers of the Jammu zone should be at the forefront to provide support to the people affected by the inclement weather,” he said.

Control rooms have been established in some districts affected by the heavy rain.

All SHOs and in-charge, police posts, are on alert and are briefed to form rescue teams in case of need.

They have also been briefed to provide all possible assistance to civil administration.

People have been advised to take precautions, listen to administration/ police advisories and to not tobe in the vicinity of any river/stream during the rainy season.

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