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Over 300 killed in cloudburst, flash floods in J&K: Bhalla

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 18:54

Srinagar: Over 300 people were killed and
property worth crores was damaged in the recent flash floods and cloudbursts in Jammu and Kashmir, Revenue and Relief Minister Raman Bhalla said Tuesday.

Leh, which was devastated by a massive cloudburst
followed by flash flood, witnessed the highest number of
casualties.

As many as 234 people died in Leh and 424 were seriously
injured, Bhalla said in a written reply in the Legislative
Council here.

Rajouri district in Jammu division witnessed 20 deaths
followed by Reasi (11), Anantnag (10), Kathua and Poonch
(seven each), Doda and Baramulla (five each), Jammu, Udhampur
and Kargil (two each) and Budgam and Shopian (one each), he
said.

Baramulla, suffered a loss of Rs 61 crore in agricultural
sector and Rs 58.22 crore in the horticulture sector, the
highest economic loss in the state, the minister said.
Shopian suffered a loss of Rs 10.35 crore in the
horticulture sector. Both Baramulla and Shopian are apple
producing regions and a large section of population in these
two districts is dependent on the horticulture sector.
In the border district of Kupwara, damage caused due to
floods is estimated by the government to be around Rs 75.40
crore. However, "an amount of Rs 35 crore out of the state
Disaster Response Fund has been released in favour of the
divisional and district administrations," he said.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 18:54
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