12 killed in rain related incidents in J&K, Rajasthan

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 4 2014, 04:32am hrs
Rains wreaked havoc in many parts of north India today setting off flash floods and landslides and snuffing out 10 lives, including a BSF officer, in Jammu and Kashmir and two in Rajasthan.

Eight persons, including a BSF officer, were killed in incidents of landslides and flash floods in Jammu region while two persons were washed away by a strong current in Aboora stream in Budgam district of south Kashmir.

At least 23 villages have been flooded in Jammu region and authorities have sounded flood alert.

BSF Inspector Mohammad Rashid of 154 Battalion was buried alive in a bunker after landslide hit the Mandi Mandir area along LoC in Poonch district, according to Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma.

According to the Divisional Commissioner, a large number of houses and other buildings have been damaged in the flash floods, landslides and rains in Jammu region.

Police said that entire population, consisting of 35 families, in a village was trapped in flood waters in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

In Rajasthan, two persons, including a minor girl, were killed and five others of a family injured when a portion of their thatched house collapsed due to heavy rain in Bundi district.

Light to moderate rains also lashed some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

However, people in Delhi experienced pleasant weather as the sky remained overcast during the day and light rains occurred towards the evening.

Rain gauges recorded 0.6 mm rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm and 2.2 mm rain in the 24 hours till 8.30 am today.

The day temperature settled a notch below normal at 33.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius.