NewsIndiaRescue efforts underway after devastating J&K cloudburst

Rescue efforts underway after devastating J&K cloudburst


Kolkata, India: Rescue efforts were underway in India’s Jammu & Kashmir’s Kishwar region Thursday after a cloud burst.

The deluge comes after flash floods and heavy rainfall caused catastrophic damage in other parts of India like Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The IAF has dispatched its helicopters to assist in rescue and relief efforts News On Air said.

Despite the terrible weather, three helicopters, one each from Jammu, Udhampur, and Srinagar, were used to fly SDRF/NDRF teams to Kishtwar on July 21.

As per reports, the seriously injured persons were evacuated from Sondar to Kishtwar.

From Sunday, the helicopters transported a relief load of 2250 kg, 44 NRDF employees, four medical aides, and two stretcher patients.

IAF helicopters remain on standby for any additional Disaster Relief missions in the coming days.

What happened in J&K?

A cloudburst rocked a rural village in Jammu and Kashmir‘s Kishtwar area early Wednesday, leaving over 30 people missing, officials said.

The death toll has now risen to seven people. So far, a total of 17 people have been rescued.

The cloudburst in Kishtwar’s Honza village has damaged around nine dwellings, according to Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ashok Kumar Sharma.

Officials claimed that rescue personnel and an SDRF team were dispatched to Honzar hamlet in Dacchan tehsil.

“Central Government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” Modi wrote Wednesday.

For a few days, Jammu has been drenched in rain.

Jammu is expected to have more rain through the end of July.

Authorities in Kishtwar have warned residents living near water bodies and regions prone to slides to be cautious.

The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains over the next few days, and water levels in rivers and nallas (drains) are expected to rise, posing a threat to residents living near rivers, nallas, water bodies, and slide-prone areas, the district administration said in a late Tuesday night advisory.

Debayan Paul
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