Cloudburst, flash floods in Kargil; one injured, many rescued

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 1:  At least one person was injured and around one dozen who were trapped in flash floods in Kargil town in Ladakh division and a portion of the Srinagar-Leh National Highway was washed away this evening after a cloudburst hit many areas.
Officials said that at around 8 p.m. due to cloudburst at many places, water level of the streams flowing through Kargil rose suddenly with water entering the houses in the township and inundating them.
The officials said that the water level in the Suru river, flowing through Kargil was rising and it posed threat to the population.
The officials said that the main areas that have been affected by the flash floods due to cloudburst in Kargil are Main town, Hospital Road, Adulgund, Iqbal bridge and Chanchik Nalla.
The officials said that due to flash floods around 2 feet silt has accumulated in Kargil town and all the roads have been blocked due to flash floods and silt.
In Hinderman around 7-8 feet silt and mud has accumulated in the entire area and in Titichimik around 5-6 feet silt has accumulated.
In Pashkum, the Srinagar-Leh highway has been washed away and nine persons who were caught in the flash floods have been rescued now and one of them who was injured has been admitted in the hospital.
Large number of houses were reportedly inundated due to the floods and streams were flowing throw the town were overflowing.
Police, district administration and Army are out and rescue operation has been launched. Large number of houses have been damaged and since it was night time, official say that picture about the loss to the property will be known by morning.
The flash floods and cloud burst caused panic in the township and people were seeking help.
The officials said that the weather, however, improved and water level was receding but the town and several adjacent areas are under silt.


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