Deadly Flash Floods Strike in Jammu Kashmir

Local reports say that at least six people have been killed in flash flooding since yesterday, 02 September 2014, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Five of the victims were members of one family who died after flash floods washed away their home in Reasi district.

The other death occurred in Poonch district where the victims was swept away by an overflowing river. Around 40 buildings have been damaged by floods in the area. People living in flood threatened areas have been told to evacuate, especially those in the low lying areas Surankote Tehsil, in the Surankote valley area, where levels of the Suran River threaten to flood any nearby villages.

Other rivers in the state are also running dangerously high, including the Sind River where Indian Army personnel have been making flood rescues in the last few hours, and the Tawi in Rajouri district.

Flood rescue - Indian army rescue a man from the raging Sind River, Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir
Flood rescue – Indian army rescue a man from the raging Sind River, Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army
Tawi River in Rajouri District, Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Facebook
Tawi River in Rajouri District, Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Facebook

Landslides and flood debris closed roads and damaged bridges in several areas, including Poonch district, which is now cut off from the rest of the state as a result. The district is one of the most remote parts of the state.

Further Casualties

There are uncomfirmed reports of other casualties in the state. Two people are thought to have been killed in flash floods near the town of Magam, in the Badgam district.

There are also unconfirmed reports that 2 guards from India’s Border Security Force (BSF) have been killed in floods or landslides in Poonch district.

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