Doda cloudburst: Death toll rises to six

At least six people were killed in a flash flood triggered by a cloud burst in Thathri village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district early Thursday morning.

The cloudburst triggered flash floods in Chichi area of Kishtwar district and inundated vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped.

Six persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris. However, the rescue team is still searching for boy’s parents.

“Flash flood triggered by cloudburst hit Thathri town at 2.20 am resulting in a massive increase in the level of the ‘nullah’ flowing along the Jamai Masjid locality close to the town”, a police officer said.

A number of residential houses, shops, a school and several vehicles were washed away in flash floods which inundated vast areas along Batote-Kishtwar highway.

Meanwhile, rescue operations are underway.



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