30 Days On, No Trace Of 19 Missing Kishtwar Cloudburst Victims

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Jammu: A month after cloudburst and subsequent flash floods in Honzar Dachan village in Kishtwar district, there is no trace of 19 persons, including eight women, who went missing after the tragedy struck the area.

The Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ashok Sharma on Thursday said the rescue operation stands “almost closed.”

“The rescue operation stands almost closed,” Sharma told news agency GNS. So far the missing have not been officially declared dead either.

“A team of police and revenue department has been already constituted with regard to the calamity. The report is awaited,” he said, adding, “further action as per mandate of law would be taken in due course of time,” he added.

The calamity in the remote village of Kishtwar occurred on the intervening night of July 27 and 28.

Immediately authorities had pressed several teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with “sophisticated equipment” along with other rescuers from police, Army and local volunteers, the officials said. However, NDRF, SRDF and other teams except police withdrew since within few days.

Success eluded rescuers after seven bodies were recovered and seventeen persons were rescued in injured condition immediately after the calamity.

The missing persons include Saja Begum (60) wife of Ghulam Mohiudin, Khurshid Ahmed (31) son of Mohammad Iqbal, Fida Hussain (26) son of Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Sharif (40) son of Ghulam Rasool, Almina Tasbassum (22) daughter of Mohammad Iqbal, Mata Begum (45) wife of Lala Tantrey, Ghulam Mohammad (70) son of Ghulam Rasool, Fazal Hussain (18) son of Rustom Ali, Bashir Ahmed (45) son of Rustum Ali, Tariq Hussain (50) son of Nazir Ahmed, Zarina Begum (40) wife of Tariq Hussain, Mala Begum (45) wife of Ghulam Rasool, Fatima Begum (56) wife of Ghulam Ahmed, Begum (45) wife of Abdul Rehman, Sharifa Begum (38) wife of Ghulam Mohammad, Shakir Hussain (22) son of Ghulam Ahmed, Ghulam Ahmed (65) son of Abdul Aziz, Zubaida Banoo (25) daughter of Ghulam Ahmed and Khalid son of Haji Gani.

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