6 dead, over 30 missing after cloudburst in J&K’s Kishtwar


Guwahati: At least six people died and more than 30 were reported missing after a cloudburst hit a remote village in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.

The incident took place on Wednesday morning at Honzar village of Dacchan tehsil in Kishtwar. The village has no road connectivity.

Speaking to India Today, Kishtwar District Magistrate Ashok Kumar Sharma said, “Bodies have been recovered from the debris and 8-9 houses have been damaged following cloudburst at Honzar village in Kishtwar.” The DM added that a team of the Army and police has been rushed to the area to carry out rescue operations.

Most parts of the Jammu region have been receiving heavy rain for the past few days. With the prediction of more rains till July-end, authorities in Kishtwar have asked people living along water bodies and slide-prone areas to remain vigilant.

“The meteorological department has predicted heavy rains during the upcoming days and water levels in rivers and nallas are expected to rise, which can pose a threat to the inhabitants residing near rivers, nallas, water bodies and slide-prone areas,” the district administration said in an advisory issued late on Tuesday night.