Kupwara: Two people were killed while scores of shops and residential houses and agriculture land were damaged due to flash floods triggered by multiple cloudbursts in Tanghdar area of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district on Tuesday.
One of the deceased has been identified as driver of an oil tanker while another person died due to cardiac arrest, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
“When cloudburst hit the area, an oil tanker was on way to a nearby army camp, however the flood water washed away the tanker resulting in the death of the driver Sheer Singh, son of Sardar Singh, resident of R S Pora, Jammu,” an official said adding that his body, buried under the debris, was recovered by Kupwara police in the night.
Another person, who died due to cardiac arrest, has been identified as Mangta Awan, son of Mohammad Abdullah Awan of Gomal village.
Several villages of Tanghdar were affected due to flash floods and the district administration has put men and machinery into service to clear the roads and paths in the area since Tuesday afternoon. The rescue operation continues.
Local sources said that over four dozen houses and shops were fully and partially damaged. The flood water washed away the electric poles and PHE pipes due to which there is no power supply and drinking water.
The approximately five-kilometre road link in Tanghdar was also damaged. The most affected areas are the main Tanghdar and Bagh-Bela villages.
People said that few days ago, a cloudburst hit the Teetwal area of this sub-division due to which the canal of two megawatt power project was damaged.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir and SDM Tanghdar could not be contacted as their phones were out of reach.