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. Several others are feared missing. Rescue operations are underway.
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the deaths and asked officials to speed up rescue work, PTI reported. Mufti also asked the administration to ensure there were adequate treatment facilities, food and shelter for those affected.
Around 11 people, including a child, have been rescued, said Doda District Commissioner Bhupendra Kumar. Six bodies have been recovered, so far.
Seven houses and a few shops were hit by the flash floods, reported India Today. People have been evacuated to safer places.
Incessant rainfall had triggered landslides in the state’s Ramban and Udhampur districts last week. On July 14, three members of a family were killed in Doda after their house was washed away in heavy rain, PTI reported. Traffic along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was suspended in the deluge that followed.