At least six people were killed in a flash flood triggered by a cloud burst in Thathri village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district early Thursday morning. Rescue operations are underway, according to the news agency ANI.
The flash flood inundated vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped. Six persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris. However, the rescue team is still searching for boy’s parents.
“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”, a police officer said.
PTI quoted Dy SP (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed: “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. “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,” Ahmed said.
He also said, “Several others were still under the debris and causalities could not be ruled out. The entire district administration along with the police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing.”
“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 remove the debris to rescue them,” said Pervaiz Ahmed, Tehsildar, Thathri.
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.