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Cloudburst In Jammu Kashmir At least 7 Are Killed

Cloudburst In Jammu Kashmir: At least 7 Are Killed

On Wednesday morning, at least seven people were killed and five were injured after a stretch of very heavy rains hit Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district  More than 40 people were reported to be missing as flash floods were triggered by a ‘cloudburst’ that hit Honzar village in the Dachan area of Kishtwar district. Seven bodies have been recovered till now. The injured have been shifted to hospital. 30 to 40 people are still missing. Rescue teams have to cover 25 km of motorable road and 15 km of trekking to reach the place. Rescue operation is being conducted by the local police, army and disaster relief force.

 

While officials deduce it to be a cloudburst in the region, there has not been any official confirmation of a cloudburst from the Indian Meteorological Department yet. Incidents of very heavy rain within a short period are termed as a cloudburst, while the official definitions usually vary across the world. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall of over 100 mm within an hour, along with lightning and strong winds, is termed a ‘cloudburst’.

Cloudburst In Jammu Kashmir: At least 7 Are Killed

Cloudburst In Jammu Kashmir At least 7 Are Killed
Cloudburst In Jammu Kashmir At least 7 Are Killed

 

Severe weather warnings have been issued throughout Jammu and Kashmir.

The government of J&K announces an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic cloudburst in Kishtwar.

 

According to a senior police official, an area with five to six houses has been entirely washed away due to the flash flood in which 30 to 40 people were washed away, so far. The lack of connectivity in the affected area is hampering the rescue work. Rescue operations are going on with help of SDRF and the Army. Air Force authorities have been contacted for lifting the injured.

 

The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has received 210 mm rainfall on average since June 1. It marked a deficit of 12% compared to the long-term average.

 

Subhangee Guha

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