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Cloudburst triggers flash flood in central Kashmir; several houses damaged

Srinagar: Several residential houses and roads were damaged in a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst that hit central Kashmir district of Ganderbal early Monday.

Official sources said that a cloudburst hit village Watlar in Ganderbal, triggering a flash flood in a local stream. Several houses and roads were damaged in the incident.

However, no loss of life has been reported. A joint team of Police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has launched a rescue operation in the area to evacuate people from vulnerable spots, they said.

According to the sources, an operation to restore road connectivity to the area was underway.

Meanwhile, locals accused the administration of failing to remove encroachment on Charnari Nallah. “The flash flood was caused as the capacity of the nallah to carry water has been reduced due to encroachments. We have approached the administration many times, but nothing was done. The damage would have been less had the encroachments been removed,” they said.

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