- River level rises due to cloudburst near Amarnath cave in Kashmir
- This time Amarnath Yatra is postponed, no one is present near the spot
- Earlier, seven people died due to cloudburst in Kishtwar district.
It is raining continuously in Jammu and Kashmir. The water level of Sindh river has increased due to sudden cloudburst near Amarnath cave on Wednesday. NDRF team has left for the spot. However, two NDRF teams are already present here. Amarnath Yatra is postponed this time and no passenger is present at the place where this accident happened. Earlier, a cloudburst in a remote village of Kishtwar district at 4.30 am had killed seven people and injured 17 others. In addition, several houses, standing crops and a small hydroelectric power plant were damaged. Jammu and Kashmir administration officials have become alert about the situation.
Two cloudbursts in different areas of Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh have damaged a small hydro power project, about 12 houses and standing crops, officials said. On the other hand, seven people were killed, two injured and three are still missing in the floods in Tojing Nallah of Udaipur in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, while two people died in Chamba. Four people, including a woman, her son, a hydroelectric project officer and a tourist from Delhi, are feared dead in Kullu district, he said. In Kishtwar, 19 houses, 21 gaushalas and ration depots located on the banks of the drain were also damaged in the cloudburst.
PM Modi and Home Minister Shah took stock
A search and rescue operation is on by the police, army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to trace over 14 people missing from the site of the cloudburst in Honjar village of Dachchan tehsil, officials said. Condoling the loss of lives due to cloudburst in Kishtwar district, President Ram Nath Kovind said he was deeply pained by the loss of many lives. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Center is closely monitoring the situation in Kishtwar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh and took stock of the situation arising out of the cloudburst.
14 missing, 12 laborers washed away in the flood of the drain
“Seven bodies were recovered from the cloudburst-affected village (Kishtwar), while 17 others were rescued,” a police official said. Efforts are on to trace the 14 missing people and the condition of the five rescued is said to be critical, he said. Mokhta said that two tents of laborers and a private JCB machine were washed away in the sudden flood due to cloudburst at around 8 pm on Tuesday night in Udaipur of Lahaul. He said that 12 laborers were washed away in the flash floods in Tojing drain in Udaipur. Of these, seven bodies were recovered, two were rescued and three were still missing, he said.
NDRF team also called
Lahaul-Spiti Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told that a team of NDRF has been called to rescue the laborers trapped in the debris of the landslides. “The NDRF team is on the way and is likely to reach the spot by noon,” he said. In Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police-cum-Commandant General Home Guard, Civil Defense and SDRF, VK Singh said that two of the seven people killed in the cloudburst are women. “One of our SDRF teams from Kishtwar reached the affected village and two more teams are going from Doda and Udhampur districts,” he said. Two more SDRF teams are waiting for improvement in the weather to join it from Jammu and Srinagar.
Army engaged in rescue operation
VK Singh said, “Bad weather is hampering the rescue operation as our teams are waiting at the airports. The village is three hours’ walk from the last road link. Kishtwar district development commissioner said two cloudbursts overnight in the remote Lambard area but no casualties were reported. He said 60 families have been shifted from Paddar area to a safer place in view of the incessant rain, which is threatening their homes. A defense spokesman said that two contingents of the army have been deployed to assist the civil administration in the rescue operation.
60 vehicles stranded due to landslide
Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to flash floods caused by cloudburst in Dachan. My condolences to the bereaved family. Spoke to senior officials and district administration. Army and SDRF are engaged in rescue operations and are searching for the missing people. I am constantly monitoring the situation. State Disaster Management Director Mokhta said that in Lahaul-Spiti, several roads have been blocked and about 60 vehicles are stranded due to landslides. He said that several roads have been blocked in many other parts of the state due to landslides. He said a car was damaged in a landslide at Vikas Nagar in Shimla city.
Red alert issued in hill states
Meanwhile, heavy rains are continuing over various parts of Himachal Pradesh, while most parts of Jammu region have been receiving heavy rains for the past few days and more rains are expected by the end of July. Authorities in Kishtwar have already asked people living in reservoirs and flood-prone areas to remain alert. The Shimla Meteorological Center has issued a ‘Red Alert’ warning, while a spokesperson of the Meteorological Department said that widespread intermittent rain is expected to continue across Jammu and Kashmir till July 30.
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