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Deeply saddened by death of many people due to cloudburst in J&K: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

President Ram Nath Kovind on July 28 said he was deeply saddened by the death of many people due to a cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district and extended his condolences to the bereaved families.

He also wished authorities success in the relief and rescue operations that are currently underway.

At least five people were killed and 12 injured after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst swept away houses in Kishtwar’s Honzar village early this morning, officials said.

Over 25 people are reported missing. A joint rescue operation by the police, the Army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is underway, they said.

“Deeply saddened by the death of many people due to cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar. I wish success in the ongoing relief and rescue operations for the missing people and extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” Mr. Kovind said in a tweet in Hindi.

Most parts of the Jammu region have been receiving heavy rains for the past few days. With the prediction of more rains till July-end, authorities in Kishtwar have already asked people living along water bodies and slide-prone areas to remain vigilant.

Amit Shah speaks to L-G, DGP

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh and took stock of the situation arising due to a cloudburst in Kishtwar.

"I have spoken to LG and DGP of Jammu and Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar [J&K]. SDRF, Army and local administration are engaged in rescue work, NDRF is also reaching there. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible. I express my condolences to the bereaved families," he said in a tweet in Hindi.


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