Flash floods hit Surankote belt, schools shut
Jammu: Flash floods triggered by heavy rains hit areas of Surankote town in in Poonch district on Monday, prompting authorities to shut educational institutions and sound an alert, officials said.
According to officials, heavy overnight rains in the hilly areas of Surankote belt triggered flash floods, with huge volume of water entering into houses and shops.
The Army and police pitched in to help the aggrieved residents.
Reports said many houses, shops and vehicles were damaged in the floods.
Senior district officials reached out to the people of flood inundated areas.
Locals said that there are scenes of destruction everywhere with dozens of houses and shops suffered damage due to water flow and stones that were flowing with the water while traders have suffered loss worth lakhs of rupees as the commodities got washed away in the flood.
The locals further added that more than one dozen vehicles, two wheelers and four wheelers, either got washed away or got toppled over in flood water.
Authorities also issued advisories to people to stay at home and not venture close to rivers and ‘nallahs’ in the wake of threat of flash floods.
“All schools and educational institutions have been closed,” an official said.
Meanwhile, traders of Beopar mandal protested over the authority’s failure to build a new sewerage system in the region.
Officials said exact details of the loss are being ascertained.
Meanwhile, a man has drowned in river water at Kalai in Poonch.
Officials said that two men were present in a JCB when flash flood hit Suran river hours after flash flood in Surankote town.
“One of the man was rescued in injured condition while the other one is still missing,” the officials added.