Five killed, 25 missing after cloudburst hits Kashmir’s Kishtwar village
All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas, says PM Modi in a tweet.
One more body was recovered on Wednesday by rescue teams at cloudburst-hit Hanzor village of Dachhan tehsil, Kishtwar, taking the toll to five.
At least six houses and a ration depot were damaged in the flash floods triggered by the cloudburst.
Officials said 13 injured persons were rescued in the ongoing rescue operation. Around 25 people were still missing, they added.
“The Central Government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
A helicopter is also being pressed into service to shift the injured to nearby hospitals.
Jammu and Kashmir witnessed rain throughout the night.
According to the meteorological department, there were chances of flash flood, mudslide and landslips in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Widespread intermittent rain is most likely to continue till July 30. Heavy to very heavy rain is also possible at some places,” it said.
People have been advised to remain alert and very cautious as water level has increased in all rivers. “Don’t venture out on hilly and landslip and mudslide prone areas,” it warned.