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Rescue operation in Kishtwar enters 4th day

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Jammu: The search and rescue operation in the cloudburst-hit village of Kishtwar district continued for the fourth day on Saturday to trace 20 missing persons.

Seven persons were found dead and 17 others rescued in an injured condition after the remote Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil was hit by flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging 21 houses, 21 cowsheds, a ration depot, a bridge and a mosque.

At least 20 people, including nine women, are reported missing from the village and a joint rescue operation by the police, Army, National Disaster Response Force, and local volunteers is underway.

“Success has eluded rescuers so far as the missing persons are believed to have been washed away in the flash floods triggered by the cloudburst,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit dispatched relief material to cloudburst-hit village today.

A mini-truck loaded with essential commodities, including flour, rice, sugar, oil and pulses besides blankets, medicines and other daily-use items was flagged off by J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina and other senior party leaders from the party headquarters here.

“BJP workers and civil society contributed the relief material for the affected people as a humanitarian aid,” Raina told reporters.

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