4 dead, 36 missing after cloud burst at Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar


New Delhi: Four persons were killed and around 36 others are missing and feared dead in a cloud burst in Kistwar district, officials said. Reports reaching  said that the cloud burst hit Honjar Dacchan, sweeping away six houses and a ration depot.   

As soon as getting the news, Police, army, NDRF, civil administration and locals launched a rescue operation, they said. SSP Kishtwar  Shafqat Bhat told that four bodies have been recovered while a number of people, with reports coming in suggesting the number to be around 36, are missing.  

He said efforts are on to trace the missing persons. Official sources said that the missing persons are feared dead. 

The water level in most of the rivers and nallahs is continuously rising and most of the rivers/nallahs are heavily flooded, due to incessant and heavy rainfall in Kishtwar district, district Police said in a statement. People are advised to stay at  home and not to move close to any river/nallah.

In case of any emergency, people can contact the following officers and helpline numbers.

POLICE in district: 

SSP Kishtwar  9419119202, 
Adl. SP Kishtwar +919469181254,
Dy.SP Hqrs +919622640198,
SDPO Atholi +919858512348,
SHO Kishtwar +919149695883,
SHO Chatroo 9906253546,
SHO PS Atholi 9419214272,
PCR Kishtwar 9906154100,
ERSS  112

Four bodies have been recovered in Dachhan. They have been identified as: Saja Begum w/o Ghulam Mohd, Rakita W/O Zubair, Ghulam Nabi S/O Rasool Tantray,  Abdul Majid S/O Nazir Ahmed. 

(This is a developing story, more details are awaited)

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