Local officials said a “cloudburst” dumped torrential rainfall in the Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar District, Jammu region, on 28 July. The rain sent flash floods, mud, rocks and other debris crashing through the community causing widespread damage and fatalities.
At least 19 residential buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Two others were partially damaged. Farm buildings and a bridge were also damaged or destroyed.
Search and rescue teams including police, district officials, army and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) were immediately deployed to the affected area. As of 29 July, rescuers had located 7 bodies. Seventeen people suffered injuries, including 5 who were in a critical condition and moved to hospitals in Kishtwar. Nineteen people are still missing. Rescue operations have been interrupted due to heavy rain but will continue.