Rain havoc: 4 dies, 10 injured in Jammu region

Vishal Sharma

Torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Jammu, Doda, Kathua and Samba on Sunday, killing at least 4 people and injuring 10 others. However, district administrations have sounded alert in the areas along Tawi, Chenab and Ujh.

Landslides blocked Jammu-Srinagar highway at many places between Udhampur and Ramban besides link roads in Doda Bhaderwah divisions and railway track in Ramnagar while rivers and streams, becoming strong torrents after heavy rainfall, devastated the infrastructure as the fourth bridge on river Tawi again suffered damage.

Doda remained the worst area where two laborers of State Forest Corporation (SFC) identified as Dost Mohd son of Mohd Sharief 55 and Saifu Din son of Abdul Quyoom 30 both residents of Dharaveri village of Gandoh lost their lives due to roof collapsing of a poorly constructed house in Shorara area of Subhar Dhar in Bhaderwah, district Doda.

In this tragic incident three persons also got injured who were identified as Mohd Akber son of Gullah Sheikh 50, Mohd Rafi son of Gulam Qadir 25 and Saiful Din son of Sullah Sheikh 30 all residents of Dharaveri village of Gundoh of Bhaderwah.

In Jammu district one person identified as Fatay Chand 85 son of Sunder Singh died due to collapsing of Kacha house at Parladpur of tehsil Mandal, Jammu. Three others sitting under the same roof also sustained grievous injuries and were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu.

A ‘Pakka’ house also collapsed in the Ashok Nagar area of Satwari in Jammu district though none of the family member got injured in the mishap.

Meanwhile a lady also got killed in landslide in the Samba district this morning and was shifted immediately to the government hospital where she was declared as brought dead by the doctors. The deceased was identified as Darshana Devi 38 wife of Swarn Singh resident of Deon Parmandal. Her body was later handed over to legal heir after the autopsy for the last rites.

In Kathua district three persons were injured when two houses collapsed in Jakhawar village following the heavy incessant rain. Rescue teams rushed to the spot after getting informed and the injured were taken to the nearby hospital, a police officer said.

Condition of a lady who was among the three injured was critical and was shifted to GMCH Jammu for specialized treatment where he was identified as Santosh Kumari 55 wife of Sudesh Kumar resident of Jakhawar.

Two employees of PHE namely Angeez Singh 50 son of Kirpal Singh and Ramesh Singh 30 son of Rattan Chand both resident of Bardati Ramkot Billawar were rescued by SDRF Kathua. The operation was supervised by SDM Billawar and SHO Billawar.

In RS Pura area of Jammu about 70 people of 14 Gujjar families were struck in Nikki Tawi who were rescued by the police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) with the help of rope and other available equipments.

This was the major rescue operation of the today and was purely carried out by the SHO R S Pura Bhushan Manhas who lead the team and immediately rushed to the spot and launched the operation. His efforts were highly applauded by the civil society and the entire police department.

The Jammu Srinagar national highway which was reopened after hard efforts was reclosed by the evening due to the continuous land sliding in the Udhampur area. The water level of river Tawi, Ujj and Chenab swell to the danger mark couple of times but failed to crossed them meanwhile alert were also sounded by the district administrations and people were asked to remain cautious in view of the increasing water level in the various river.

Meanwhile the registration counter at Katra, base camp of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi yatra was closed at 5 pm in the evening and yatra remained suspended during night hours as announced by the shrine board in the backdrop land sliding threat due to the ongoing heavy rainfall. The rainfall also resulted in the land sliding at helipad track at ‘Sanjichat’ on Shri Vaishnodevi yatra track.

Divisional commissioner Jammu Pawan Kotwal said that the rainfall has caused huge loss and damage of which assessment is going on. He further said that alert has been sounded in the region especially the areas nearby to the water bodies including river Tawi and people have been cautioned to keep eye on the raising water level in their respective areas.

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