Flash floods kill woman, damage houses, crops

Srinagar: A woman was killed, while dozens of houses were damaged in flash floods triggered by cloud burst and torrential rains on Friday in Kashmir on Friday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Hajra Begum was washed away in a flashflood triggered by a cloud burst in Poshpathri areas in Kulgam district.
The deceased, accompanied by her two kids, was on her home in Kutamrarg village of Noorabad of Kulgam when the flash flood struck.
A police official told Kashmir Reader that while Hajra was swept away by the flood, her kids had a miraculous escape.
More than 25 houses were damaged due to flash floods in Ahmad Shareef area of Bandipora, adding a few roads and embankments were washed away while standing crops also suffered damages. Several residential houses also suffered damages in Kupwara district.
In Lolab valley’s Lalpora, Bumhama and Muqam-e-Shahwali areas, flashfloods uprooted trees and plantations, inundated low-lying areas and caused extensive damage to crops, news agency GNS reported.
Srinagar-Kupwara highway was blocked near Bumhama by mud, stone and crop wreckage that accumulated on the road.
Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Rajeev Kumar told GNS that special teams were constituted and dispatched to the affected areas.
“Loss assessment will be prepared by revenue officials so that compensation as per SDRF norms could be projected to higher authorities,” he said.
In Samba sector of Jammu region, about 28 BSF personnel trapped in flash floods along several border posts were rescued and airlifted to safety.
The BSF personnel were trapped following the flash floods in Basantar river triggered by heavy rains in forward areas of IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba district in Jammu region.
Due to heavy rains in Jammu region, Taranah, Devik, Ujah rivers are in spate Samba-Kathua sector and have inundated several low lying areas, particularly border belts, the reports added.