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 different villages this afternoon including Bara Rudi, Khordi, Bat Gagal, Surigam, Doonwari, Potshai, Kantpora. “Two women were moving near Nallah at Bat Gagal when suddenly a quantum of water washed away one among them, another women asked locals for rescue but the speed of water washed her away so quickly to the nearby village where her dead body was retrieved from the Nallah by locals,” 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. “Her body was taken to nearby medical facility after which it was handed over to family 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 Hassan Abad Nallah where it caused damage to roads and then flushed out in agriculture land where it caused extensive damage to standing crops,” Asif Ahmad of Doonwari told Greater Kashmir adding, “One footbridge connecting Shimriyal village was also washed away due to the flash floods.”

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

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said that the flood has taken life of a women, a team from district administration has been sent to the 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 Sogam but as of now no requirement has been received and no residential house has been damaged in the floods,” he said.

He said that the officers will assess the loss and compile the report and due compensation will be given to the affected people. “The situation is under control now, district officers are on job to provide every kind of help to the affected people,” Garg said.