Srinagar: A cloudburst in the Dachigam hills triggered flashfloods in the Tailbal stream in Srinagar, Monday night, inundating several localities downstream, while as a Gujjar man died after being washed away by the gushing waters in the stream. Two others had a miraculous escape, and swam ashore.
According to local sources, three men from the Gujjar community, who camp in the area in summers, were swept by the gushing water in the Tailbal stream while collecting firewood. While two of them managed to get out of the water, the third Gulzar Ahmad could not, and his body was later fished out.
“After we were settling down and the water was receding, the incident took place. Some people of Gujjar community were collecting the wood from the nallah,” Gulzar Ahmad from Tailbal said. “One person went missing after he was swept away by the water”.
Several areas like Khwajabagh, Naid Mohallah, Astanpora, Iqbal Mohallah, Kashipora, and Sheikh Mohallah were partially submerged in the waters, and in Shanpora locality ground floors of several houses were submerged.
“Water got into the homes and we were trapped inside since the water level was high in the beginning. Later we managed to get out to safer places,” a local resident said. “Vast area of agriculture land also suffered damages due to the water and many trees in the orchards were uprooted”.
State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) teams rushed to the area along with other officials to take stock of the situation. The teams reached to several houses in the boats to look for any trapped person as the water had risen up to one floor in some low-lying areas. Authorities opened gates of the stream near Foreshore Road to channel the water in the lake which reduced the water level.
According to the Director SDMA, Amir Ali, the situation was “under control” and there was no “need to panic”.
State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams along with the police and locals reached at the spot to carry out the rescue operation which continued for the whole day. The area of operation was stretched up to Foreshore road and nets were placed at the outlets of the streams flowing from Tailbal