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Kishtwar Cloudburst: Rescue Operation Resumes, 19 Persons Including 8 Women Still Missing

M S Nazki

Jammu, July 29 (GNS): The rescue operation at Honzar village of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, where at least 19 people are still missing after cloudburst, resumed on Thursday morning. There was halt last night due to fresh rains and mud-sliding in the area, officials said.

So far seven people have died while seventeen others were rescued in injured condition, five of them critically, and 19 persons including eight women are still missing.

Police, army, local volunteers besides teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF are at the site for rescue and relief operation.

The authorities also released names of the missing persons and they include Saja Begum (60) wife of Ghulam Mohidin, Khursheed Ahmed (31) son of Mohammad Iqbal, Fida Hussain (26) son of Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Sharif (40) son of Ghulam Rasool, Almina Tasbassum (22) daughter of Mohammad Iqbal, Mata Begum (45) wife of Lala Tantry, Ghulam Mohammad (70) son of Ghulam Rasool, Fazal Hussain (18) son of Rustom Ali Chopan, Tariq Hussain (50) son of Nazir Ahmed, Zarina Begum (40) wife of Tariq Hussain, Mata Begum (45) wife of Ghulam Rasool, Fatima Begum (56) wife of Ghulam Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed (45) son of Rustum Ali, Begum (45) wife of Abdul Rehman, Sharifa Begum (38) wife of Ghulam Mohammad, Shakir Hussain (22) son of Ghulam Ahmed, Ghulam Ahmed (65) son of Abdul Aziz, Zubaida Banoo (25) daughter of Ghulam Ahmed and Khalid son of Haji Gami.

The officials told GNS that rescue teams are putting in all efforts to reach the victims of the natural calamity but delays are happening due to unsuitable weather conditions and tough terrains.

The J&K administration has already announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic cloudburst in Kishtwar.

Meanwhile, ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh (IPS) reached Kishtwar district last night and visited District Hospital where he met the injured person who suffered injuries in the cloudburst, the officials added. (GNS)

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