Kargil: A cloudburst on Tuesday hit several areas of Kargil district, triggering flash floods, which resulted in damage to agricultural fields, besides inundating residential houses and a hydroelectric power project.
Reports said that several residential houses, a power project and several roads were inundated while agriculture fields were also damaged after a cloudburst hit Sangra and Kangral areas of Kargil district, triggering flash floods.
Abdul Rahim, a councilor from the area said that flash floods were reported in two areas including Sangra and Kangral, inundating several residential houses and a hydropower project while some of the vital bridges were also washed away.
He said that the highway was also closed for vehicular movement after flash floods inundated several roads as well, while agricultural fields have also suffered damage.
Deputy Commissioner, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve who visited the flood-affected areas earlier today told Kashmir News Observer that agricultural fields have suffered damage, while an old bridge at Sangra has been washed away due to flash floods, triggered by a cloudburst.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor JK Manoj Sinha said that he spoke to Home Minister of India Amit Shah regarding the situation prevailing due to cloudburst in Kishtwar and that he was assured continuous support from GoI.
“Spoke to Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Amit Shah Ji & discussed situation prevailing due to cloudburst in Kishtwar. Hon’ble Home Minister has assured continuous support from Central Govt. The entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by unfortunate natural calamity,” Sinha said in a tweet.
He said the district administration, Police, and SDRF team are at Honjar village. “An SDRF team is waiting to be airlifted at Jammu while, two SDRF teams are on stand-by. An NDRF team from Punjab has been rushed for rescue & relief operation,” he said in another tweet.
So far seven bodies have been recovered while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and are being provided medical care. In all 38 people were affected and the fate of 16 others is still unknown.