ANANTNAG: Four members of a family, three children among them, died in cloudburst on Saturday night in Aru Valley of Pahalgam area.
A woman and her three children were washed away in a flash flood triggered by the cloudburst last night, local residents said.
The police and the residents launched a search this morning to recover the bodies of the deceased from the spot, 8km from Aru.
Bodies of two children, Musa and Kokar, were retrieved from a nallah, while their mother Budi Begum and her one-year-old child are missing.
The search operation was called off due to darkness and rains. It will be resumed in the morning. A police officer said that only the head of the family, Zakir Hussain, survived.
The ill-fated Bakerwal family hails from Sundarbani area of Rajouri and had moved to Aru along with their cattle recently.
“All the livestock of the family have also been washed away,” the police official said.
Rains swells Jhelum past flood alarm again; No need to panic, says Chief Engineer I&FC
As Kashmir Valley received fresh rains, water level in Jhelum on Sunday increased past flood alarm mark at Sangam in south Kashmir even as the Flood Control and Irrigation department urged people not to panic.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the gauge reading of Jhelum was 20.10 feet at Sangam, close to the danger mark of 21 feet. At Ram Munshi Bagh here, the gauge reading was recorded at 15.20-ft, about three feet below the mark when flood alert is sounded in Srinagar.
They said flood alarm was sounded in Sangam soon after the water level crossed 18 feet mark. However, he said, the red alert is sounded when water level passes 21 feet mark.
This is for the second time in less than 20 days that overnight rains for about 12 hours has led Jhelum to swell past flood alert mark at Sangam and Ram Munshibagh here.
When contacted, Chief Engineer flood control department Mir Javed Jaffar told Kashmir Reader that there was no need to panic in wake of the improvement in weather.
According to the weather office, the summer capital received rainfall of 11.3mm of rainfall till 8:30 hours this morning.
A spokesman of the meteorological department said that Qazigund, Pahalgam and Kokernag received rainfall of 17.4mm, 17.6mm and 23.4mm of downpour during the same time.