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

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.