Flash floods in Jammu: Death toll rises to five


A day after flash floods hit hilly terrain of Jammu, the death toll has risen to five.
The rescue teams were able to trace the dead body of young missing school girl, Payal, who, along with two other classmates, was swept away while trying to cross the rivulet after returning from school on Thursday evening.
Flash flood kills 3 children returning from school in J-K
On Thursday, a father-son duo had also gone missing. While rescue teams have found the body of the father, 45-year-old Abdul Gani, operations to recover the body of the 15-year-old son are still on .
The flash floods on Thursday evening had caused devastation in three districts including Ramban, Reasi and Udhampur. Beside the loss of human life, major loss to property and other infrastructure has also been reported.
The district administration and police of all the three districts have launched rescue operations, which are likely to be completed by late evening.
Rakesh Kumar, DC, Reasi, told HT, “The body of one victim has been found, while efforts are on to locate the other body. Besides this, there are no reports of major damage to life or property. However, teams have been sent to few locations where damage may have taken place.”
Mohammed Ajaz, DC, Ramban, told HT, “The rescue teams have recovered the dead body of the girl child”.
“As per our preliminary investigations, four houses (pucca) and a few link road have been damaged. The exact extent of damage will be known once our rescue teams return. After ascertaining the damage, a team will be constituted to provide compensations to the victims”.

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