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Woman killed in flash floods triggered by cloudbursts

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Srinagar: A woman died after being trapped in flash floods triggered by multiple cloudbursts in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
According to local reports and police, the woman identified as Shafiqa Bano (35) was washed away by the flash floods in Bera Rudi, Surgam in Lolab at around 4:30 pm. The woman’s body was later recovered by locals and police, they said.
They said that there were multiple cloudbursts in Kantpora, Putshahi, and Dooniwari villages on Thursday.
Reports said that the flash floods caused large-scale damage to the standing crops as well as to the residential houses in the villages.
“One foot bridge connecting Shimriyal village was also washed away due to the flash floods,” said a local.
The people also feared death of domestic animals in the floods and said that they are ascertaining the damage.
An official of the district administration while confirming the death of the woman said that assessment of the loss to property due to flash floods would be ascertained and due compensation will be provided to those affected by the natural calamity.
Meanwhile, heavy rains and hailstorm caused damage to orchards and crops in many areas of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Reports said that hailstorm coupled with strong winds wreaked havoc to orchards and other standing crops. The villages affected by the hailstorm include; Zawoora, Devipora, Budherhama, Alasmarg, Tulihelan, Digam, Karewa, Shadaab, Manloo, in Kellar belt of the district.
Meanwhile, a group of fruit growers have expressed concern over the damage to fruit orchards in the valley due to frequent hailstorm, winds and heavy rainfall. (with GNS inputs)

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