8-year old killed in house collapse, girl injured in Udhampur

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An eight year old boy was killed, a girl was injured and one person was rescued from debris in three separate rain- related incidents in Udhampur and Ramban districts of Jammu.

As per officials eight-year-old Pawan Kumar was killed and 13-year-old girl Sunita Devi, both from Udhampur, injured in house collapse incidents after heavy rains lashed the region during the last night.

“The minor boy died on spot after his house located in city outskirts Loundna collapsed due to rains while the teenage girl was injured seriously in similar incident in Udhampur city. She was taken to a hospital where her condition was stated to be critical,” the officials said.

Central Reserve Police Force troops saved a man trapped under a landslide on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Ramban district.

As per Jammu-based CRPF PRO Ashish Kumar Jha, “A trained dog of CRPF, accompanying a bomb disposal squad, alerted the troops when they conducting checks at the highway.”

“The canine, Ajaxi, started giving alerting signals on reaching mile stone 147. Following the cue from the dog, the troops began searching and found the man trapped in the landslide which had occurred the previous night,” he added.

He further added that in rescue operation troopers managed to pull out trapped Pradeep Kumar, a native of Ludhwal village Ramban.

The intermittent rains also triggered a landslide at MorhPassi near BalliNallah along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, blocking the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country.

In view of the heavy rains, the movement of pilgrims along the new track to the Vaishno Devi shrine was suspended by new Himkoti track as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. However, the pilgrims were moving towards the cave shrine through the traditional HathiMatha route old route.

The movement on Zojila pass connecting Ladakh division was also restricted for 4.30 hours to carry out maintenance work.

As per an advisory issued by Border Roads Organization, road users were informed about closure of road from 10 am, to 1.30 pm daily for conducting maintenance work.

“This is for your kind information that Srinagar-Sonamarg- Ghumri road from kilometers 95 to 108 will remain closed for all kinds of traffic from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm daily for road widening through blasting,” the advisory reads.