Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, India

Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, India
Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, India

At least 16 people have died and 20 others have been injured or missing in floods following heavy rainfall in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir and Lahaul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, while heavy rains in the past 24 hours led to a halt in normal life in several parts of northern India.

On Wednesday morning, the Jammu and Kashmir state administration dispatched Indian army and state disaster relief personnel to the village of Khonzar in the Kishtwar district after heavy rainstorms damaged more than a dozen homes in the area.

Seven bodies were recovered from the rubble, and another 12 people are believed to be trapped. Additional Police Director General Mukesh Singh said that of the 17 rescued, five are in critical condition and have been transferred to a government hospital in Kishtwar. "The army is helping the local police in rescue operations," he said.

According to Singh, about 100 residents of Khonzar village were taken by surprise when a stream of water gushed out early in the morning, while most of them were asleep. Most of the houses that were demolished were on the side of the stream, he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the central government is closely monitoring the situation with the devastating flows in Kishtwar and Kargil, and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected areas. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah also reviewed the situation and spoke with the Deputy Governor and Director General of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (DGP) about the incident.

In the state of Himachal Pradesh, nine people have died and seven are missing after two flash floods in the Kullu and Lahaul Spiti areas.

Five people were killed and four missing after floods in Tozing Nullah washed away two tents of workers and a JCB vehicle in the Lahaul and Spiti area, Deputy Commissioner Lahaul and Spiti Niraj Kumar said. Among the dead and missing are four employees of the Border Roads and Engineering Forces General Reserve Organization (BRO-GREF).

Kumar said there was a worker from Kashmir among the dead and added that rescue teams of BRO, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) are trying to find the missing.

A flash flood was reported in Changut and Udgos Nullah villages in Udaipur at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, washing away an old house and damaging a bridge, according to the state's emergency operations center. A second flood was reported at Muring Nullah in Udaipur, causing traffic to stall on State Highway 26. Another flood occurred at Hukka Nulla in Rakcham in Sangla in the Kinnaur region.

Sudesh Mokhta State Disaster Management Director said a landslide near Kirting village in Lahaul District blocked State Highway 26. At least 50 vehicles are stuck in the area and work is underway to rehabilitate traffic. Officials said there was a flash flood in Keylong village that blocked the Leh-Manali highway, which has been closed in several places due to landslides.

In Chamba district, bordering Jammu and Kashmir, five people went missing after flash flooding caused by heavy rain in Chanedeh on the Chamba-Pathankot highway.Rescuers from state police and home security are searching for the missing, police said.

In the Kullu district, a 25-year-old woman, Punam Negi, and her four-year-old son Nikunj went missing after being swept into the Brahmaganga River, a tributary of the Parvati River in the Manikaran Valley of Kullu District, officials said.

In the Kargil region of the union territory of Ladakh, a mini-power plant was severely damaged. In addition, several residential buildings and crops were damaged in the region.

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