Around 30 residences were damaged as well as a pair went missing out on following a cloudburst set off flash flood in the Salkhala area of Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and also Kashmir (AJK) on Monday night, officials said.
“I have simply talked with DC Nelum [sic] He has actually confirmed 2 individuals missing various other 2 have actually been hospitalised, ppl living close by have been left rescue work has actually been quit till dawn,” AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider claimed in a tweet on Monday evening.
District Calamity Administration Officer Akhtar Ayub informed Dawn.com on Tuesday morning that the area headquarter in Neelum, Athmuqam, and its close-by locations had actually been obtaining hefty rain because 9pm on Monday.
“We heard the clamour from Salkhala from throughout the stream as well as when we reached the website in addition to volunteers, we saw that flooding had actually wreaked havoc,” he said.
The stream that winds its method via Salkhala merges right into Neelum River like all various other water networks of the valley. Pictures shared on social media sites revealed the particles of the ruined houses, while it showed up that some other frameworks had actually been totally swept away by flooding in the stream.
According to Ayub, in addition to around 30 residences, the flood had swept away livestock, a timber factory as well as a motorcycle.
Nevertheless, an eyewitness, Hayat Awan, estimated that around 20 homes were swept away, including that the first stage of roughly 15 others had actually been severely damaged and also the houses were no longer comfortable. He said the flooding had swept away around 25 livestock head as well as triggered damages to infrastructure in the location.
Ayub likened the destruction in Salkhala to that triggered by flooding in the Lesva water channel in Neelum Valley around two years back. Around 20 lives were lost and also numerous residential properties were damaged back then, he recalled.
Nonetheless, he included, no casualties had actually been reported in Salkhala this time about as individuals preempted the flood and left their houses.
Sharing details regarding the missing out on couple, Akram Zia as well as Salma Bibi, the official said the search for them was under way.
He added that their daughter, Ayesha, and Zia’s sister-in-law, Khairun Nisa, were saved last evening in injured problems as well as had actually been changed to a local medical facility.
Ayub claimed the influenced family members were shifted to safe places in the area on Monday evening.