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1 dies in Chhatroo cloud burst
Massive damage to properties, 8 kms road washed away
KISHTWAR, Aug 1: One person was buried alive in the debris of a water flour mill and another had a narrow escape in the devastation caused by cloudburst triggered by heavy rains in Sigdi Chhatroo area of Kishtwar district in the wee hours on Thursday.

The flash floods following the cloudburst also caused extensive damage to orchards, fields, several government and private properties besides washing away about 8 kilometers of road at Chratnar Sigdi in Chhatroo area, which is about 45 kilometers away from Kishtwar town.

Early this morning, the people of Chratnar Sigdi Chhatroo were caught unaware by the devastation triggered by cloud burst followed by flash floods.

In panic, they wandered hither and thither to save their lives as well as property when the tragedy struck.

One person identified as Chuni Lal, son of Thaker Dass, resident of Gratnar Sigdi buried under the debris of a water flour mill and died on spot whereas another person had a narrow escape from the spot.

The flash floods, triggered by the cloud burst, swept away almost everything which came their way and the resultant debris caused extensive damage to the private as well as government property. It also rendered near about 8 kilometers of road useless. Given extensive damages to orchards, rice and maize fields, the growers were left with no source of income.

The teams of officers of civil administration and police reached on spot and started the rescue operations.

The rescue team of 11 Rashtriya Rifles was the first to reach on spot and start the rescue operations.

Tehsildar Chhatroo and SHO Chhatroo also reached there and monitored the rescue operations personally.

In the meanwhile the former minister and MLA inderwal G M Saroori, while expressing concern over extensive damage caused by the cloud burst in Sigdi and Sigdi Bhata area of Chhatroo, mourned the tragic death of Chuni Lal.

He stated that besides extensive damages to orchards, rice and maize fields, Masjid Shareef too had suffered damage in the devastation.

“2 kilometers long stretch of Sigdi Bhata too washed away leaving the people without any source of income,” Saroori noted with concern.

He requested the state government and district administration to give three months ration to the sufferers besides ensuring assessment of damages so caused and grant of relief on Ladakh pattern at the earliest.

Saroori also urged the government to grant relief to the earthquake victims of Doda and Kishtwar district, who suffered a lot and were still under psychological pressure on account of recurrent tremors.

He urged the government to sanction free ration to the all affected people of Chhatroo tehsil.

News Updated at : Thursday, August 1, 2013
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