13 Structures Washed Away, 20 Damaged In Flash Floods In J&K’s Doda

Bhaderwah/Jammu- Thirteen structures, including a school building, were washed away and at least 20 others got partially damaged in flash floods triggered due to cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday, officials said.

Top districts officials, including Deputy Commissioner Vikas Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayoom and Thathri Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ather Amin Zargar reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

Allama Iqbal Memorial Educational Institution, a house, eight ‘gharats’ (small mills) and three shops got washed away in the flashfloods due to the cloudburst in Tanta area of Kahara tehsil, SDM Zargar said.

A portion of the Kahara tourism reception centre, Bhadarwah Development Authority, was badly damaged. More than 20 structures were partially damaged, but no loss of life or serious injury was reported, he added.

DC Sharma said, “We are assessing the loss and relief will be provided as per rules.”

He also said some essential items will be provided as quick relief from Red Cross organisation.

Meanwhile, the district administration has issued an advisory in view of inclement weather conditions.

It asked the public to remain vigilant and keep themselves away from River Chenab in view of the rise in water level in the river and apprehension of flash floods in streams and river tributaries.

Flash Floods Damage Crops In Baramulla

Standing crops were damaged after cloudburst triggered flash floods were witnessed in Hamam Markoot village of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday afternoon, reports and officials said.

Reports said that a cloudburst occurred in the upper reaches of Hamam Markoot village of Rafiabad, which caused damage to standing crops and roads. In the aftermath of flash floods, the road at Mundaji was cut off, leaving over a dozen local sightseers stranded in the area. The sightseers were later on guided and asked to use alternate routes to ensure their safe evacuation from the site.

Tehsildar Dangiwacha Sajad Rasool Shah told a local news agencu GNS that though the flash floods caused damage to standing crops however fortunately there wasn’t any loss or injury reported in the incident. “Given the fact that there were sightseers stranded in and around the affected site, we soon after the occurrence launched a rescue operation to evacuate them and luckily all of them are safe”, the official said.

“Everything is under control and the administration is assessing the situation”, the official added.

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