Three Dead, Several Missing After Cloudburst in Jammu & Kashmir's Doda



New Delhi: Three people are feared dead while several others are missing after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Thursday morning.

Half-a-dozen houses were washed away along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, leaving several people trapped. Six people, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris.

“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,” a police officer was quoted as saying by PTI.

Iftkhar Ahmed, DSP (headquarters) Doda, said the water level suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along its path. “We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the midst of rescue operations,” he said.

Several others were still under the debris and causalities could not be ruled out, he said. “The entire district administration along with the police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing,” the police official said.

The Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway (NH1B) has been closed.
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