Two students were killed, one injured and another rescued during a flash flood in Jammu and Kashmir’s Dal Khad in Bajoi Billawar town of Kathua district on Saturday.
The deceased are Radha Devi (13) and Monika Devi (13). SDS Jamwal, SSP, Kathua, said, “The four girls were returning home after attending their school around 4 pm when they were swept away by a flash flood in a river near Dal.”
“One girl, who was a class 8 student, was rescued, another girl, a class 6 student, was injured. However, Radha Devi and Monika Devi, both class 6 students, unfortunately died in the incident,” he added.
Billawar SHO Jatinder Singh told news agency PTI that a rescue operation was immediately launched, resulting in the recovery of the bodies of two girls and the rescue of two others. He said one of the rescued girls, Archana Devi, has been referred to the sub-district hospital in Billawar for treatment.
In a tweet, Union Minister Jitendra Singh expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.
“Just spoke to Kathua DC Rakesh Minhas after receiving reports of the unfortunate incident of 4 schoolgirls drowning in flash floods in Billawar area. Sadly two of them have lost their lives and the third is undergoing treatment. Hospital. My condolences to the bereaved family. My office is doing all possible. “We are coordinating with the administration for assistance. Meanwhile, parents are generally advised not to let their children go out in inclement weather,” he said.
All the four girls were students of the government Kasturba Gandhi School near Nangalla, the officer added. He also said that the area where the incident took place is a mountainous and remote area.
Meanwhile, in the border district of Poonch, heavy rains have led to waterlogging in the Mendhar market, causing inconvenience to people, especially shopkeepers. Water inundated many shops and traffic was disrupted.