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LG announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for next of kin of victims, Rs 50,000 for grievously injured

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic cloudburst in Honzer village of Kishtwar district in Jammu division.

The grievously injured would be given Rs 50,000 each and Rs 12,700 under SDRF shall also be disbursed to them, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha while making the announcement on his official Twitter handle this evening, said.

The LG further said that relief under SDRF for loss of houses, utensils, clothing, house-hold goods, cattle, cattle -sheds, loss of agricultural land, etc., shall also be provided by the Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar.

“The J&K government will do everything possible to support and protect the affected families,” LG Sinha wrote in a tweet.

At least seven people were killed, while 17 others were injured five of them critically in the cloudburst that hit the Kishtwar village last night.

According to an official press release, immediately after the information was received at 6:30 AM about cloudburst at the village Hunzar under the jurisdiction of Police station Dachhan, Kishtwar, rescue teams from SDRF Kishtwar and Doda were rushed towards the incident site.

Joint rescue operation at site is being conducted by local police, SDRF and Army. During the search operation, seven dead bodies were recovered and 17 injured persons have been rescued, the press release said.

It said the LG also spoke to Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and briefed him about the rescue and relief operation being carried out by the joint teams.

SDRF team has reported that five of the injured persons are in critical condition and shifted to district hospital Kishtwar, while others are being taken care of by two medical teams already deployed.

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