BSF officer among 6 dead in flash flood, landslides in Jammu

A BSF officer was among six persons killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain in Jammu region on Wednesday, while at least 23 villages have been flooded in the region and authorities have sounded flood alert.

Jammu: A BSF officer was among six persons killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain in Jammu region on Wednesday, while at least 23 villages have been flooded in the region and authorities have sounded flood alert.

Over 100 people were also rescued from the flood-hit regions.

"Six people have reported to have died, including a BSF officer in Jammu region in landslides and flash floods today. Over 100 people have rescued from floods," Divisional Commissioner, Jammu region, Shant Manu said.

BSF Inspector Mohammad Rashid of 154 Battalion was buried alive in a bunker due to landslide in Mandi Mandir area along LoC in Poonch district, according to Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma.

Some other troops, who were also present in the bunker, manged to come out of it but Rashid got stuck and was buried beneath the debris.

In Reasi district, five people including three children reportedly died after landslide hit them in far-flung Momankot belt of Reasi district, the Divisional Commissioner said.

A team from Chasana belt has been rushed and will trek a distance of 55 km on foot to reach the spot, reports said.

According to the Divisional Commissioner, a large number of houses and other buildings have been damaged in the flash floods, landslides and rains in Jammu region and an exact details will come by tomorrow.

Over 120 structures are hit in region in the past two days.

Authorities have sounded high "flood alert" and warned people in the region against going towards the banks of rivers. Over 23 villages have also been flooded, the reports said.

Authorities have deployed over a dozen of Disaster Management and rescue teams in all the districts of Jammu region and water level is being continuously monitored by the flood control rooms.

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