Flash floods in Jammu, 7 die

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/1/2012 11:56:14 PM

Property worth lakhs damaged in rains

JAMMU, Aug 1: Seven people including two minor girls were killed in separate incidents due to flash floods and landslides while property worth lakhs of rupees was damaged due to rains in Jammu region.
Reports from Udhampur said that two minor girls, both sisters, were today washed away in flash floods in Udhampur district.
Police said that the incident took place at Pradnu village, 9 kilometers away from the town near Chopra Shop. The deceased girls were identified as Ankita, 9, and Prachi, 6, daughters of Sudesh Kumar resident of Pradnu.
As per the family, both sisters were sent by their mother to a village shop to purchase edible colour for preparation of some sweets for Raksha Bhandan. The girls found the shop closed and they started playing close to a Laldal nallah when the flash floods washed them away.
After getting the news, the villagers started rescue operation. The bodies have been fished out from one kilometer away from the site of mishap, police said.
The father of deceased is handicapped and is working in a shop at Katra.
In another incident in Udhampur district, a farmer was washed away in the strong water currents of Bhikhan nallah in Mand area of Udhampur district, today.
The deceased has been identified as Bishan Das, son of Des Raj of Sen Thakra (Tikri).
Police said that he after sowing crop in his fields went to wash his hands in Bhikan nallah. All of sudden the water level swell up in the nallah and he was washed away. The body was later fished out by the villagers and after autopsy it was handed over to the family members for last rites.
Meanwhile, reports from Reasi said that four people, including a Vaishnodevi pilgrim from Bihar, were killed and a minor was injured in landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in different areas of Reasi district.
A Vaishno Devi pilgrim, Shishant Anand was killed in landslide in Adhkuwari area in Trikuta hills when he was on way to the cave shrine last night. The body was recovered and handed over to his family members after postmortem.
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Shamas Din, son of Abdullah and Abdul Qayoom 22, son of Abdul Majid both residents of Balmatkot who had gone to collect wood from the forest area in Chaterbali-Dewal under the jurisdiction of Police Station Mahore of Reasi district. They slept in temporary tent in the forest area and were buried in the debris after a landslide hit in the area due to heavy rains last night.
The police recovered the bodies in the morning and hand them over to their family members.
In another such incident, 32-year-old Government School teacher Bashir Ahmed, 32, son of Ghulam Nabi Malik resident of Basa was killed in a landslide in Reasi this morning. Ahmed was on way to Jammu along with his wife Muneera and son Masoom 10, when the landslide occurred at Basa. He died on the spot while Muneera escaped unhurt. Masoom suffered injuries in the incident and he was shifted to Darmari hospital for treatment.
The body after autopsy was handed over to the family members for last rites.
Meanwhile, an abandoned house collapsed due to heavy rains in Pacca Danga area, this morning. The house owner Suraj Parkash of Purani Mandi abandoned the building as it was declared unsafe. Today a portion of the building collapsed and fell on a parked Maruti car bearing registration number JK02AC-5361 which was completely damaged.
The people walking on the roadside have narrow escape in the collapse.
The low lying area in Jammu was swollen with water and the rain water gushed into the houses of people causing huge damage. The water level in Tawi and Chenab also rose due to heavy rains in the upper reaches.

 

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