Three members of a family, including two women, were killed after incessant rain in Jammu in the wee hours of Friday caused their vehicle to skid into a nullah. The rain also triggered flash floods in many areas of the state, disrupting normal life.
Ashok Kumar, an assistant accounts officer in the PWD at Basohli, his mother Pushpa Devi and sister-in-law Ranju Devi died when the car they were travelling from travelling from Lakhanpur to Basohli when their vehicle skidded off the road at Maanu and fell into a nullah on Friday afternoon. Aditya Sharma, Sidharth Sharma and Aditi Sharma, all minors, were injured in the mishap.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force evacuated 28 BSF personnel marooned in flood waters near the international border in Ramgarh sector.
Following a request from BSF around 10 am, the IAF flew a Mi-171V helicopter to rescue the personnel at a border outpost adjacent to Basantar river in Ramgarh area of Samba district. Led by Wing Commander Anup Sharma, the IAF ‘Condors’ undertook the rescue operation in adverse weather conditions, Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said.
The soldiers were rescued in three shuttles to a safe place adjacent to the nearby village. For this, the IAF had to take off and land its chopper on the road every time.
The rains also triggered landslides that led to a blockade on the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Gangroo near Ramsu.
Thousands of vehicles including those carrying Amarnath Yatris remained stranded until afternoon when the highway was cleared.
With rivers and nullahs across the region in spate, the rains disrupted normal life at various places across the region. Traffic at various low-lying areas was disrupted due to waterlogging, while there were also reports of house collapse at some places.
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