A search and rescue operation has started for 30 missing people; there is no mobile phone connectivity in the area, said a police officer
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At least 6 dead bodies were recovered and 30 missing was reported missing after a cloud broke over Honjar village in the Kishtwar district of the Jammu region early Wednesday.
However, an officer in the police control room estimated that 30 missing. “At approximately 4 am today [Wednesday], a cloud broke over Honjar village in the Dacchan area of Kishtwar district. We are receiving reports that 28 people are missing. A search and rescue operation has been launched. We do not have the exact details at this time. There is no mobile phone connectivity in the area, ”he added.
The town of Kishtwar is about 200 km from Jammu, while Dacchan is a remote and mountainous area in the Kishtwar district.
“Six bodies have been recovered so far,” Kishtwar DC Ashok Kumar Sharma said. Indian Air Force teams are expected to join the rescue operation shortly, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are being airlifted from Jammu to Kishtwar,
Kishtwar District Police Chief SSP Shafqat Bhat said: “We believe there were between 30 and 40 people in the village when the incident occurred.”
The SSP said bridges on one side of the affected area have been washed away and the river is flooded.
“We have sent rescue teams from nearby police pickets. An army column was also dispatched, ”he said.
Bhat said the affected village is about 50 kilometers from the Kishtwar district headquarters.
Meanwhile, the union’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said saving as many lives as possible is a priority. “I have spoken with LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir about the downpour in Kishtwar. The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), the army, and the local administration are carrying out the rescue operation. The NDRF is getting there too. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible, ”he said.
According to officials, the SDRF team will expand from Doda and Udhampur. Another SDRF team is being transported by an Air Force helicopter from Jammu. An NDRF and SDRF team has been on standby in Srinagar.
SDRF commander General VK Singh said that a team of police personnel had gone to the scene on foot.
“The area is in the upper reaches of Kishtwar, it cannot be accessed by road. Jammu SDRF is on hold. The weather is inclement. An SDRF team from Srinagar is ready to be airlifted, ”said VK Singh.
According to the Indian Army, help for the rescue operation was requested immediately after information was received from the district deputy commissioner about the downpour in Honzar village.
Consequently, at 7 am a group of 1-1-20 was launched under the command of Captain Vivek Chauhan ex-Sondra COB 17 RR. The SHO and 07 Jammu and Kashmir police personnel from the Sirsi Police Station have also been commissioned, ”said a statement from the Indian Army.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said he was saddened by the loss of life due to flash flooding caused by the storm. “My thoughts are with the grieving families,” he said.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast severe weather for Jammu and Kashmir. According to the forecast, “It is very likely that the widespread intermittent rain will continue until July 30. In some places, it is also possible that it will rain a lot too very hard.”
IMD also released an advisory that read: “Heavy rains can cause flash floods, landslides, landslides, and waterlogging (in low-lying areas). Consequently, people are once again advised to remain vigilant and very cautious, as water levels have risen in all rivers. Do not venture into hilly and landslide-prone areas. “