Woman killed in Kupwara flash floods

Houses, crops damaged; footbridge washed away
Woman killed in Kupwara flash floods

A 35-year old woman died in flash floods triggered by multiple cloudbursts in different villages of Lolab area in north Kashmir's Kupwara district Thursday afternoon.

The Lolab area witnessed many cloudbursts in differentvillages this afternoon including Bara Rudi, Khordi, Bat Gagal, Surigam,Doonwari, Potshai, Kantpora. "Two women were moving near Nallah at Bat Gagalwhen suddenly a quantum of water washed away one among them, another womenasked locals for rescue but the speed of water washed her away so quickly tothe nearby village where her dead body was retrieved from the Nallah bylocals," said Hussain, a local of Khordi village.

The deceased women was identified as Shafeeqa Bano (35)daughter of Mohammad Sadiq Khan resident of Bara Rudi in Khodi village. "Herbody was taken to nearby medical facility after which it was handed over tofamily for last rites," Hussain said.

The fast moving water entered many residential houses,damaged bunds and crops in Doonwari and Gagal area, locals said.

"The water came from Shiekh Mohalla Surigam through HassanAbad Nallah where it caused damage to roads and then flushed out in agricultureland where it caused extensive damage to standing crops," Asif Ahmad ofDoonwari told Greater Kashmir adding, "One footbridge connecting Shimriyalvillage was also washed away due to the flash floods."

The cloud bursts created havoc in the villages as the waterhas entered in many residential houses, shops. "It has happened naturally butwe belong to poor community and we hope that compensation will be provided tous as per the damage," said a local of Bat Gagal.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said that the floodhas taken life of a women, a team from district administration has been sent tothe villages to assess the loss of the property and crops. "We have kept tents,blankets and other things ready at the office of Sub-division magistrate Sogambut as of now no requirement has been received and no residential house hasbeen damaged in the floods," he said.

He said that the officers will assess the loss and compilethe report and due compensation will be given to the affected people. "Thesituation is under control now, district officers are on job to provide everykind of help to the affected people," Garg said.

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