Heavy rain in Kot- Bhalwal, Gharota and other North-West areas of Jammu besides cloudburst wreaked havoc causing massive flash flood in several nallahs during early hours today while dozens of houses, walls, pucca structures, roads and power infrastructure suffered extensive damages.
Overnight heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Jammu rural areas as some pacca houses were damaged, roads washed away and livestock worth lakhs perished.
Sources said that heavy rain and thundershowers took place in many parts of Jammu city’s north- western areas besides Ban Talab, Keran, Kangrail, Raipur, Kot-Bhalwal, Burn and Ghrota during early hours today.
The locals said there was massive cloudburst as well in the upper reaches of this belt which brought massive flash flood in the low lying areas of Nagbani, Mishriwalla, Domana, Machlian and Akhnoor Road.
Official sources said following incessant rainfall past midnight, water level of the nallahs, drains flowing through Nardhani, Nagbani, Raipur, Domana, KotBhalwal, Kangrail villages suddenly swelled forcing water to enter the houses of the people. “In Nagbani, a pacca structure got completely damaged due to heavy rainfall, while in Domana, another structure damaged partially.
The locals said they have never seen such a huge flood in these seasonal nallahs.
The flash flood caused extensive damage to the main outer wall of Kot Bhalwal Jail, a factory M/s J B Timber Traders in the nearby area and its stores causing massive loss, wall of old Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan at Keran, wall of a church at Kot village, about a dozen culverts/ Pullis, roads and electric polls besides plinths and walls of scores of people along Nallahas.
The power supply to about two dozen villages in this area has been snapped. Poles were washed away and even some transformers fell down and got damaged.
In PatoliBrahamana area, they said, a poultry farm was damaged wherein 3500 chickens perished. As per reports, several houses and shops were damaged in torrential rain in Kangrail area of Jammu district.
Meanwhile, on the direction of DDC Jammu and SDM North, different revenue teams toured the affected areas and assessed the losses.
Houses, shops and poultry farms were damaged, road washed away and vehicular movement disrupted in torrential rain in Kangrail and Bantalab areas of Jammu District in the wee hours on Sunday. However, there was no report of any causality in the incident.
According to reports, heavy downpour flooded Kangrail village at city outskirts, causing damage to many residential houses as well as shops. However, there was no report of any causality in the incident.
Following incessant rains past midnight water level of the Nallah/Khad flowing through village Kangrail suddenly swelled forcing water to enter the houses in the village.
Following heavy flow of water a portion of the road passing through the village, which is only link road connecting main Jammu-Akhnoor Road was partially washed away early this morning, a local said.
Due to flash floods thick silt got accumulated in the entire area making road slippery and blocked, Raman Sharma, a local said while adding, a large number of houses, shops, poultry farms and business establishments have been damaged.
The residents revealed that houses of Kali Dass, Vijay Kumar, Dwarka Nath, Thoru Ram, Bodh Raj, Kewal Krishan, Sham Lal and many others were submerged in flood waters and received damages.
Besides this, shops of Kali Dass, Thoru Ram, Parshotam Kumar and others received losses worth lakhs of rupees due to flooding.
The residents said neither the MLA Raipur-Domana Bali Bhagat nor any officer from Civil Administration have so far visited the village to take stock of the situation and assess the losses.
Demanding immediate assessment of the losses, they appealed to the District Development Commissioner to depute a team to prepare a detailed report regarding the loss of property. They also appealed to the Governor N.N Vohra to take cognisance.
Former Naib Sarpanch Rajan Sharma, ex-Panch Raj Kumar, Jitender Nath Sharma and Village Numberdar Brahma Nand Sharma demanded early repair of link road and adequate compensation for the excessive losses to the villagers.
Meanwhile, District President Jammu Rural BJP Omi Khajuria expressed concern over the excessive losses and demanded payment of adequate compensation to the flood-affected villagers.
Meanwhile, with the rain, the temperature in Jammu recorded sharp decline. Jammu today had a maximum temperature of 31.0 degree C and 82 mm rainfall in past 24 hrs while the same temperature (31 Deg C) was recorded in Bhaderwah town.
Jammu was colder than Srinagar as summer capital (Srinagar) recorded 32.4 degree Celsius temperature. Katra township recorded a maximum temperature of 28.2 degree C while it was 35.5 degree C in Leh, 31.7 degree C in Kargil and 21.4 degree C in Gulmarg. A MeT spokesman has predicted heavy rain at isolated placed in Jammu region during next 24 hours.