J&K: Flash floods in Doda district following cloudburst; 6 dead


At least six people died on Thursday after heavy rain and a cloudburst led to flash floods in Thatri village in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, ANI reported. "The rescue operation is still going on", a police official said. Half a dozen residential houses, shops, a school and several vehicles were damaged as the deadly cloudburst brought massive damage top life and property, the officials said.

Last week, three members of a family in the district were killed after their house collapsed following heavy rains.

The cloudburst hit Thathri in Doda district, about 215 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Several houses were washed away.

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Thathri tehsildar Pervaiz Ahmed said, "We have rescued five members of a family and a 12-year-old boy, who was taken to a hospital in Thathri". Two persons have been rescued alive. Water supply pipes and power supply remained snapped in the area. Deputy Superintendent of Police (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed, said 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. In wake of the situation, the Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway (NH1B) was closed.

Meanwhile, rescue operation have started in the area to locate the missing persons and help the people to move to safer places.