Jammu Kashmir News: Five people, including two soldiers, died on Sunday as heavy rains and unseasonal snowfall continued to wreak havoc in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir for the third consecutive day. Defense spokesman told the news agency that two army soldiers lost their lives when they were swept away by a flash flood while trying to cross a stream in Poonch district.
In a separate incident, a landslide occurred on Bhangroon Thathri-Gandoh village road in Doda, tragically killing two bus passengers identified as Amir Sohail and Mudassar Ali. Another passenger sustained injuries and was successfully rescued. Bhaderwah Superintendent of Police Vinod Sharma confirmed the incident.
Stone fell from the mountain on Leh-Srinagar NH, one killed
In another incident, a person named Mohammad Kazim lost his life after being crushed by a rolling stone near Pandras village on the Leh-Srinagar National Highway in Kargil district of Ladakh. Several high altitude areas of Ladakh including Rangdum, Pensi La and Zanskar in Kargil also received unseasonal snowfall while towns received heavy rain.
The Meteorological Department has issued a ‘red alert’ for the region for the next 24 hours. In addition, the Meteorological Department has also issued a red alert for Kathua, Samba and other low-lying catchment areas of the Jammu region for the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) rescued 40 people stranded in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district due to torrential rains in the region.