50 feared dead as bus washed away in Jammu & Kashmir floods
JAMMU: Over 50 people were on Thursday feared dead
after a bus carrying a marriage party, including the bride and groom, was
washed away in flash floods in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bus carrying over 50 people, mostly members of the
marriage party, was crossing the Laam-Darhal-Moushera Road when it got washed
away in the flash floods in Gambhir river, a senior Army officer said.
An Army unit, which immediately reached the spot after
the mishap, rescued four people who had jumped off the bus, he said, adding
that those rescued included the driver and conductor of the bus.
The Army immediately rushed a rescue column with
specialist engineering staff, recovery vehicle and medical van to retrieve
individuals almost all of whom are feared dead, the officer said in a statement
The four survivors were administered first aid, he
said, adding rescue operations were on till late in the evening. The driver
told the Army team that there were nearly 50 people in the bus, the officer
said. The Army has launched an operation to search and rescue the victims, he
Confirming that 50 people were feared dead, SSP
Mubasir Latiffee, also rushed to the spot along with a police team for the
rescue work by both Army and Police. Meanwhile, a truck was also washed away in
flash floods in Noushera of Rajouri district, police said, adding details of
the incident were awaited.
Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo
expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the bus mishap. Kichloo
also expressed grief over the 20 deaths due to floods in various districts
including Poonch, Reasi, Doda, Anantnag, Baramulla and Budgam.