Live: 6 Dead, 11 Injured After Cloudburst in J&K, Rescue Ops On

Six people, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris of several damaged houses and shops.

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Security personnel carry out rescue operations.
  • At least 6 people were killed after a cloudburst caused massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir on the morning of 20 July
  • Eleven people were injured as the flash floods wreaked havoc in Doda district
  • Search operations are underway
  • At least six people have been rescued from the debris so far
11:01 AM , 20 Jul

Rescue Ops on, Several Trapped Under Debris

At least six people were killed and 11 others injured in the flash floods in Doda.

Six people, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris. A search is on for the boy's parents. “We have found three bodies from the debris of the collapsed houses so far. Two persons have been rescued alive. The rescue operation is underway,” a police officer said.

“We have rescued five members of a family and a 12-year-old boy, who was shifted to a hospital in Thathri. Three members of a family are still feared to be under the debris and we are trying to rescue them,” said Pervaiz Ahmed, Tehsildar, Thathri.

We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the middle of rescue operations trying to save those still trapped under the debris. As of now, a 12-year-old boy has been rescued. The entire district administration along with police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing.
Iftkhar Ahmed, Dy SP (headquarters) Doda
11:01 AM , 20 Jul

Flash floods in Thatri Town

Flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on the morning of 20 July, inundating vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped under the debris.

Flash flood triggered by cloudburst hit Thathri town at 2:20 am resulting in a massive increase in the level of the ‘nullah’ flowing along the Jamai Masjid locality close to the town.
Police Officer

Dy SP (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed, said the water level and silt suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along its path leading to the main market.

The extent of damage could not be immediately ascertained. Several others were still trapped under the debris, he said.

The Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway (NH1B) was closed due to huge boulders at Thathri market triggered by the cloudburst.

Water supply pipes and power supply remained snapped in the area.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS.)

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Published: 20 Jul 2017, 11:01 AM IST
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