7 killed, several missing as cloud burst hits Kishtwar

Jammu, July 28 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, at least, six persons have died while 19 others are missing after a cloud burst in Kishtwar district, officials said.

According to Kashmir Media Service, reports said that the cloud burst hit Honjar Dacchan, sweeping away six houses and a ration depot.

As soon as getting news, the civil administration, Indian police, army, National Disaster Response Force and locals launched a rescue operation, they said.

SSP Kishtwar Shafqat Bhat told media that seven bodies have been recovered while a number of people, with reports coming in suggesting the number to be around 19-20, are missing. He said efforts are on to trace the missing persons.

Official said the missing persons are feared dead.

More details are awaited.

Meanwhile, two cloudbursts damaged a hydro power project and some houses in Kargil district. However, there were no reports of casualties or injuries till this news was filed.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under illegal house arrest for the last two years, has expressed deep sorrow and shock over the loss of lives and property caused by the cloudburst in Hunzar village of Kishtwar in Dachhan Tehsil of Chenab region. He expressed his heartfelt condolences, sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the tragic death of seven people and the disappearance and injury of dozens of others in Hunzar, the destruction of half a dozen residential houses and other properties. He appealed to the local people, especially the financially well off ones, to come forward for the possible relief and immediate rehabilitation of the victims.

Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Chairman Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani also expressed grief over loss of life in Kishtwar.

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