Three people lost their lives in flash flood caused due to cloud burst in Doda's Thathri village in Jammu and Kashmir. Rescue operations are currently underway.
The flood water inundated the areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped.
Six people were trapped under debris who were later rescued.
“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.
Dy SP (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed, said the water level and silt suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along its path leading to the main market.
The extent of damage could not be immediately ascertained.
“We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the middle of rescue operations trying to save those still trapped under the debris. As of now, a 12-year-old boy has been rescued,” Ahmed said.
Several others were still under the debris and causalities could not be ruled out, he said.
“The entire district administration along with the police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing,” the police official said.
With PTI inputs