Doda/Jammu: At least six persons were killed and 11 others injured in Thathri town of Doda district of Jammu following flash floods triggered by heavy rains and a cloudburst that hit the area on Thursday. Their bodies were recovered after a rescue operation was launched by the police and civil administration.
The flash floods wreaked havoc in several areas of the region, damaging property and displacing many locals besides inundating a vast area along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway. About half a dozen residential structures, two shops, and a school building were washed away by the flash floods.
“Flash floods triggered by cloudburst hit Thathri town at 2.20am resulting in a massive increase in the level of the ‘nallah’ flowing along the Jamai Masjid locality close to the town,” a police officer said.
Dy SP (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed, told PTI the water level and silt suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along the path leading to the main market.
“As of now, six persons including five women have died and their bodies recovered from the debris. 11 people have been injured and rescued from the debris. They have been shifted to hospital,” a police spokesman said.
Dev Raj of Nagni village lost his 40-year-old wife Naru Devi and three children — 14-year-old Sapna and 7-year-old Priya and 9-year-old Rahul. Their bodies have been recovered, police said.
The other two deceased persons have been identified as 45-year-old Patna Devi of Balgran and 15-year-old Shrishta Devi of Balgran. The injured have been admitted to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Thathri, the spokesman said.
“However, several others are still under the debris and more casualties cannot be ruled out. We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the middle of rescue operations trying to save those still trapped under the debris,” the Dy SP said.
“The entire district administration, along with the police and army, has started rescue operation on a war footing,” the police official said.
—With inputs from PTI