Flash floods wreak havoc in Poonch district

Teen washed away near Poonch town | Property worth crores damaged in Surankote

Flash floods wreak havoc in Poonch district

The flash floods struck Surankote town of Poonch district with such intensity that several cars were displaced and tilted sideways. PTI

Our Correspondent

Jammu, August 1

A teenager was washed away, when he went close to a water stream near Poonch town in the district on Monday. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Poonch Basharat Hussain said the incident occurred when Zafar Ahmed (16) went close to an overflowing stream in the district and accidently fell into it.

Meanwhile, flash floods triggered by rains in Surankote town of Poonch district in Jammu division caused damage to property worth crores in residential and market areas.

The flash floods struck the town around 8.30 pm on Sunday with such intensity that several cars were displaced from their parking place and tilted sideways. The water that entered the ground floor of the homes was as deep as 8 feet in some areas, as per officials. Residents had to vacate the ground floor and rush to the first floor to save their lives.

The Army, police and the district administration officials rushed to the spot and started evacuating people who were stuck inside their homes. Gadgets and other valuables that were kept in the ground floor of the houses were damaged. Iqbal Nagar and Potha by-pass reported the maximum damage.

Poonch ADC Basharat Hussain said the massive flash flood was triggered due to incessant rain in the area on Sunday. “There were houses where water was as deep as 8 feet. In some other areas, it was 2-3-feet deep. Almost every house in Surankote was flooded, due to which property worth crores has been damaged even as assessment of losses is going on,” Hussain said.

“Houses have been filled with muck and water due to which pumping equipment has been deployed. While water from a majority of homes was cleared by Monday evening, mud still remains and that will be cleared in the coming days,” Hussain said. He said electricity and drinking water has been restored in a majority of the areas.

All schools in the area have been shut till further orders.

Locals said the flood water entered the houses because many waterways have been encroached upon by people. Hussain said the administration had identified five such locations, from where water diverted to the residential areas and the encroachments will be removed. The Jal Shakti Department, fire brigade and municipality worked throughout the day to flush the flood water from homes.

Surankote Beopar Mandal president Azhar Manhas said that over 150 shops and houses have been damaged in the area.

“Nearly 10 to 14 cars were damaged during the flood,” he said.

Manhas said the business community had demanded that the district administration constitute teams to compensate the damages immediately.

“Besides, we also want that drinking water be restored in the entire area as soon as possible and encroachments from waterways be removed,” Manhas said.

Loss assessment on

There were houses where water was as deep as 8 feet. In some other areas, it was 2-3-feet deep. Almost every house in Surankote was flooded, due to which property worth crores has been damaged even as the assessment of losses is going on. — Basharat Hussain, ADC, Poonch

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