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Kishtwar cloudburst: No trace of 19 missing persons, search operation called off

Last Updated on September 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

The search operation for 19 residents who went missing after flash floods swept away a number of people due to cloudburst at Kashmir’s Hunzar village has been called off.

The cloudburst triggered flashfloods on July 28 in which seven people died and many went missing. Even after so many efforts, the rescue operation was called off due to no success while the rehabilitation for the homeless families has been started.

District Development Council chairperson, Pooja Thakur said that search operation has been called off as it was not humanly possible to find out the 19 missing people who might have been washed away in the flash flood or buried under the debris. She further added that the National Disaster Response Force and state teams had left the village.

The families have been rehabilitated in the Sonder village in Kishtwar and were visited by Thakur, along with Divisional Commissioner of Jammu Raghav Langer, reportedly. Thakur further said that families which have been affected due to cloudburst, enhancement of land compensation have been demanded and government should rehabilitate all of them appropriately.

Jammu Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, after the incident took place announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the family of those who lost their lives due to the cloudburst.