Cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir, 30 to 40 persons missing

Over 30 to 40 people are reported missing after a cloudburst in a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today. Atleast four people died and more than 30 were reported missing after a cloudburst hit a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.

The incident took place on Wednesday morning at Honzar village of Dacchan tehsil in Kishtwar district. The village has no road connectivity. Kishtwar District Magistrate Ashok Kumar Sharma said, “Four bodies have been recovered from the debris and 8-9 houses have been damaged following cloudburst at Honzar village in Kishtwar.” The DM added that a team of the Army and police has been rushed to the area to carry out rescue operations and further details are awaited. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the Indian Air Force has been asked to assist local teams in rescue operations in Kishtwar. Most parts of the Jammu region have been receiving heavy rains for the past few days. With the prediction of more rains till July-end, authorities in Kishtwar have asked people living along water bodies and slide-prone areas to remain vigilant. Kishtwar town is around 200km from Jammu while Dacchan is a remote and hilly area in Kishtwar district. Villagers construct their houses and live on the scattered slopes of the hills in Jammu.